Tuesday, September 11, 2012

2012 Welles Crowther Red Bandanna Run

One of the few good memories of last season was the Welles Crowther story gaining national attention. Welles' heroism on September 11 has been well known among the BC community for many years. The Outside the Lines piece on the anniversary of September 11 brought the well-deserved spotlight to Welles and his legacy.

Welles' time at BC remains important to his family and they will once again hold their annual Red Bandanna Run. The 2012 event will be held October 13. You can learn more about the run or supporting the charity on the Red Bandanna site.


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At 11:06 AM, Blogger mod34b said...

Nice post ATL. Welles Crowther is the ultimate Eagle, the embodiment of all the good that is BC.

Thanks for remembering this great alum.

Here is an excerpt from Magee's famous poem, that seems to be speaking of Welles :

"High Flight"

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth . . .


Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue

I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace.

Where never lark, or even eagle flew —

And, while with silent lifting mind I have trod

The high untrespassed sanctity of space,

- Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

 
At 11:10 AM, Blogger dixieagle said...

Nicely done, mod.

 
At 2:11 PM, Blogger Big Jack Krack said...

I am very proud of Welles Crowther and his family.

The one thing that went right at Orlando last year was the reaction by the UCF student fans and their Red Bandannas. They did a great job and the school honored Welles at halftime and brought his sister onto the field.

Let's also remember all BC- family victims of 9/11. Every time we visit campus we have the opportunity to visit the stone labyrinth honoring the 22 Boston College alumni lost in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, in New York City

Here's one friend who I spent a lot of time with growing up in Brookline, at BC and later at all the games - we season ticket holders are hardcore!

John B. Cahill ’66

Friends of John Cahill, a senior executive at Xerox and CSOM ’66, called him Mad Dog. “We were season ticket holders and we tailgated for all the football games and went to the hockey games,” says his wife, Sharon, BC ’76. “A lot of friends said he always kept up with people he knew at BC. He just really had a passion. He had a sparkle in his eye and just could see the world as a glass that was half full.”

He started his own consulting firm and called it Mad Dog Industries, but Sharon says he calmed down from his youthful days. He spent most of his time with Sharon and his kids, Brett and Sean. They often went skiing in New Hampshire, or would fly together to Brazil, where he did much of his business.

He still loved BC, years after graduating. “When we went tailgating, he just loved seeing his old friends, the camaraderie of the school,” says Sharon, who still takes Brett and Sean to football games (this was written 9 or 10 years ago). “There’s still a small-time feel to it when we go that John liked.” Cahill was on United Flight 175, which struck the WTC’s south tower.

RIP Mr. Cahill

I also knew Gerard Dewan - he was in my Army Reserve Unit (I stayed in the Reserves after I got off Active Duty) and I worked with his brother - Boston Police Detective Frank Dewan.

NYC firefighter, uncle of Sheila Dewan Smith,WCAS ’97, and former employee of Boston College.

Gerry couldn't get on the Boston Fire Department, so he went to NYC!

RIP Mr. Dewan.

This whole thing is still unbelievable to this day, 11 years later.

 
At 3:52 PM, Blogger mod34b said...

"Let's also remember all BC- family victims of 9/11. Every time we visit campus we have the opportunity to visit the stone labyrinth honoring the 22 Boston College alumni lost in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, in New York City "


Good point Jack.

Here is the list of all 22 BC alums who died on 9/11. From class of '66 to class of '2001 (kid had only been out of BC 4 months) See this list

 
At 9:19 PM, Blogger John said...

Thanks Mod - it is very moving to see these alums, read a short summary and reflect on the loss of such fine people.

Puts football in perspective.

 
At 9:37 PM, Blogger ORDEagle said...

It is impossible to forget that day. It was a lot like today here in Chicago - a crisp blue Tuesday morning. I was trying to explain to my children today what that day was like 11 years ago and couldn't stop myself from crying. As our politics keep getting meaner and more partisan, I wish we would all keep that day in mind and tone down the rhetoric on what makes someone a patriot or a "true american." It shouldn't take that kind of a tragedy to remind us that we have much more in common than we have differences.

 

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