Boston College assistant athletic director for media relations Dick Kelley has passed away following a long battle with ALS.
Kelley, a 1987 graduate of Boston College, has been called "the heart of Boston College athletics" by Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel. Since his ALS diagnosis in 2011, Kelley's incredible dedication to BC has been widely honored locally and nationally. He continued to work in his role at BC for as long as he could, and remain actively involved in the lives of BC student-athletes and staff.
Undoubtedly, Dick Kelley is right there with Jerry York on the Mt. Rushmore of true Boston College gentlemen - not only because of his professional excellence, but also because of his enduring class, dignity and kindness.
Anyone who has ever met or worked with Mr. Kelley likely has a story to tell of his generosity, good humor, and dedication to Boston College. We will surely hear many of these stories in the days to come.
For now, BC Interruption offers its best wishes to his family, friends, and colleagues. He will be sorely missed.
"BC has been the passion of his life, an intense love affair that he has for this place and its mission and for the people here," said Chris Cameron, BC's director of media relations and a longtime friend of Kelley's. "And, you know, I guess I think he just tried to give back as much as he'd gotten from this place."