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Practice : Winter 2010
The William P. Francisco IV, ’04 Memorial Scholarship was created by family, friends a nd colleag ues to honor BAC graduate a nd faculty member Bill Francisco, Class of 2004. The Scholarship was established to honor Bill by creating a funding avenue that addresses a gap in the award opportuni- ties available to Bachelor of Architecture u ndergradu ates. The Scholarship is cr afted to benefit a student in the most ch allenging portion of his/her c oursework at the BAC, who is an undergraduate architectural student in the first seme ster of Degree Project. Known for his outgoing persona and Southern charm, Bill wa s a warm, genuine person who wa s pa s sionate about design. He sought to do good in the world through his love of architecture, setting his f uture sights and dreams on building communities that served the poor. The BAC is proud to count Bill among its alumni. Bill’s family joined the BAC community on Friday, May 29th at the College’s Honors and Awards Ceremony. His mother Peggy and sister L ori traveled from Texa s to be on campus to celebrate the inaugural award of the Scholarship, a nd enjoyed meeting the first student recipient, Christopher Shafer. Also on ha nd were friends and colleagues of Bill’s from ADD, Inc., who serve as jurors for the Schola rship. The BAC is fortun ate to have a mongst its community such dedicated donors. We thank the Francisco Family, and the many donors that helped create the Schol arship. It is Bill’s lega cy that generation s of BAC students will benefit from the awa rd, a fitting tribute to an architect who found a true home at the BAC. alumNI NEWs ] alumNI assocIaTIoN updaTEs Ruth ganong ’53, first Woman alum Ruth Ganong, the BAC’s first woman alum and third gr aduate of the BAC, visited the campus recently after nearly 55 years. Members of the administration, alumni and staff were on hand to welcome Ruth Ganong ’53 back to the BAC after many years. Ruth wa s immediately impressed with the work of recent gradu ates a s she strolled through the thesis proje cts in McCormick Gallery. She was equally impressed with the s tudents’ Department of Energy Sola r Decathlon competition efforts when she wa s introduced to student Michelle Stadelmann, who updated her on the project. The c ul- mination of the visit wa s in Memorial Library, where Ruth fondly remembered the room, its periodica ls and furniture, and mar veled at the “transplant” of the spa ce from Somerset Street. She felt the room ser ves a s a truly historic time capsule for the BAC. Ruth told how she ca me to study at the BAC. Since she was a little girl, Ruth always wa nted to study a rchitecture. As a fresh graduate from Smith College, she met with the MIT Dean in 1948 to discuss her studies . She was met with great apprehension from this De an, who cited that the program wa s “not for ladies.” She was not discouraged. She knew of the Boston Architectural Center on Beacon Hill; determined, she set out. When she c a me upon the door at Somerset Street, she found it physic ally difficult to open. After tugging a bit, she managed to finally open it and was met by Dean Cascieri, who enc ouraged her dream of studying architect ure. It is symbolic that Ruth had trouble opening the do or, literally, to the world of architect ure. True to the BAC’s mission of accessibility, Dean Ca scieri welcomed her through that door and into her studies. Dean Cascieri’s entrance exam was very intere sting, a nd she remembered a question reg arding how she felt ab out paying workers fairly, progressive thinking for that day and a ge. Ruth passed the te st with flying colors. After five year s of course work, where her project s were alway s the first to be reviewed, Ruth completed the a rchitectura l c ertificate curriculum, the first woman (and third person) ever to do so at the BAC. Prior to a tour of 951 Boylston studio space, Ruth wa s pleased to revisit that Somerset door she had difficulty opening...to discover a woman working in the office behind it. Ruth’s story is one of inspiration, and an important one for the BAC; her experience serves as a true example of the College ’s mission of acce ssibility. She is passionate about the progress the BAC has made over the years, and feels a renewed commitment and pride to be counted a mongst BAC’s pioneering alumni. The William p. francisco Iv, ’04 memorial scholarship Inaugural award and lori francisco hinnenkamp peggy francisco, chris shafer dean Jeff stein ’87 and Ruth ganong ’53 37 pRacTIcE