staunch supporter in early
the age of 80.
of the early architects of the
Massachusetts Community College
System, established in 1958. For 23
years he served as executive director of
the Board of the Regional Community
Colleges, and also formed an educational
consulting firm, John V. Costello
Cataldo, former Lexington selectman and
fellow member of the regional board.
Together, they helped name and locate
Middlesex. "We wanted a college that
could be representative of an entire
region," Costello said, adding that the
college was expected to serve all of
Middlesex County, one of the state's
most heavily populated.
when the Massachusetts Board of
Regional Community Colleges voted:
The name of the college was established
as Middlesex Community College. MCC
opened its doors in the fall of 1970, in
two leased buildings on the grounds of
Bedford's Veterans Administration
an MCC 40th Anniversary celebration on
the Bedford campus.