I was discharged from the Army in ’73, when the economy was faltering badly. I had no career direction. Joe Golemme convinced me to enroll at the Graduate School of Professional Accounting, which he both founded and directed. Joe, who was something of a legend in the accounting community, was not at all the high-powered Type A. He showed faith in my abilities and became like a father figure to me. He made you feel wanted.
Co-op introduced me to my eventual employer, now known as PricewaterhouseCoopers, PWC. That co-op job gave me a tremendous leg up with senior managers, and I was promoted quickly.
We are a Husky family (and faithful hockey season ticket holders)! When our son, Joe, found himself in much the same situation as I had 40 years earlier—with a liberal arts degree, facing a tough economy—he, too, enrolled at the GSPA, did a co-op at PWC, and will soon join them full time. My wife is an adjunct professor of nursing at Bouve, where our daughter Mary earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree; her husband is working on a PhD there, in Law and Public Policy. Our daughter Claudia is in the Master of Science in Nursing Administration, Leadership, and Health Policy program.
I have supported Northeastern’s brand of experiential education since I graduated. In 2010, I funded a scholarship for liberal arts majors looking to start an accounting career at the GSPA. My career has taken many twists and turns, but my graduate degree made it all possible.
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My father-in-law said if I was ever going to marry his daughter, I’d better go to college. Things worked out! Because of the people I met at Northeastern, I had a great career, and I and my late wife, Nancy—also an alum—were married for 37 years.
I had been a senior vice president of human resources with a successful corporate career. The day my job was eliminated, in 2007, I looked at my husband and said, “I’m going to start my own business and go back to school!”
I can still picture her: a petite college grad, not much older than I was—my co-op advisor’s assistant. When I told her I wanted a co-op with a Big Eight accounting firm, she just laughed. “With your grades?”
I was a Torch Scholar in this incredible program’s second year. My mentor at Northeastern—James Stellar, then dean of the former College of Arts and Sciences—introduced me to research and took me under his wing. I worked in his neuroscience lab.
As a junior at the business school, I managed to slip into an oversubscribed class on real estate finance taught by Steve Kursh. There weren’t enough chairs, so only the seniors were invited to enroll that semester. Somehow, I stayed.
It isn’t often that you encounter a manager who is both brilliant and extraordinarily caring, but that’s exactly what I got in Brenna McCarthy. I did a co-op at John Hancock Funds, where I assisted Brenna in marketing operations.
I have wanted to attend Northeastern ever since I watched my dad graduate in Matthews Arena, when I was ten. It was my dream to follow in his footsteps.
LI'59, UC'62, H'89
After I received my engineering degree, I went on to University College and took a course in business law with Professor Victor Cohen. He was one of the toughest professors I ever had, but I must tell you, he would really put the law into you.
As a “double Husky,” I’ve had some great teacher-mentors whose knowledge and solid advice have propelled my career successes. Professor James Ramos is one, though we’ve only ever met online.