served as mayor of Pittsfield, Mass., as
well as the Commonwealth's Secretary
of Environmental Management. He also
reserved as U.S. Chief of Protocol under
President Jimmy Carter. His tenure as
president of MCC was marked with rapid
growth, including the development of
the Lowell campus and the start of
construction on the Bedford campus.
packaged with this year's Opening Day
festivities in Bedford and concluded the
year-long 40th anniversary celebration.
Houlihan's immediate family returned to
the campus he helped found to attend a
luncheon, as well as the official naming
ceremony. His widow, Priscilla, cut the
ribbon to officially open the library.
students in September of 1970, with
Houlihan, a former dean at
Quinsigamond Community College, at
the helm. A Harvard graduate, Houlihan
served as president for 17 years, helping
to give Middlesex a presence in the city
of Lowell and mapping out a plan for the
permanent Bedford campus on the
former grounds of the Marist Brothers
at the age of 83.
Bedford Campus Library tribute served as
a fitting honor for the man who helped
get the college off the starting blocks.
"President Houlihan was here at the
beginning, and at a time when there
weren't a lot of resources available to
community colleges in the state,"
students, President Houlihan was able to
steer the college through nearly two
decades of development, and eventually
into the expansion of our suburban
campus in Bedford and into an urban
setting in Lowell," she said.
Priscilla Houlihan cut into a celebration
cake, sculpted in the shape of books, that
reflected her husband's academic legacy.
president, Dr. James E. Houlihan Jr., cut the
cake as their three sons, President Cowan,
and friends, faculty and staff looked on.
Cowan for the Bedford Campus Library
dedication on Opening Day.
of Winchester; Jay Houlihan of California; Priscilla Houlihan, of Winchester; and Dana Houlihan, of Vermont; with MCC
Foundation Board Chairman Jim Henderson and Chairman of the MCC Board of Trustees William Chemelli.