Dawber, Stephen F.
May 11, 2010

Fr. Stephen F. Dawber, SJ, 71, died at Campion Center in Weston, MA on April 29, 2010. He graduated from Boston College High School in 1956 and entered the Society in August of that year not at Shadowbrook, which had burned to the ground the previous March, but at Plattsburg in New York. He finished Juniorate at the "new" Shadowbrook in 1960 and came to Weston College for Philosophy, where he earned the BA, PhL, and MA degrees before doing his "regency" at BC High from 1963 to 1966. He had great success there as a debate coach: two of his debaters won the national high-school debate championship in the 1965-1966 academic year, and they both went on to Harvard and while still as freshmen there they won the national college championship.

After Theology at Weston College Fr. Dawber returned to BC High to serve as Academic Vice President and chairman of the Social Studies Department and to teach French, Political Science, and History. In 1978 he went to Cheverus High School in Portland, ME to serve successively as teacher of French and chairman of the History Department, Director of Admissions, and Principal.

After a sabbatical at JSTB and Oxford University he went in 1985 to Bishop Connolly High School in Fall River, MA to teach Social Studies and Latin and to serve as Assistant Principal, Principal, and President.

In 1990 he returned to BC High to teach History, Social Studies, and French, and to serve as Treasurer and Minister for the Jesuit community until 2002, when failing health required him to relocate to Campion Health Center in Weston. Even here he was active in community affairs and volunteered his time and expertise to help with various programs in the house. With his long and successful career in secondary education, Fr. Dawber was a "Schoolman" in the finest sense of that vocation.

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