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Longtime BC media relations director Dick Kelley succumbs to ALS 02.14.14 at 10:37 am ET
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Dick Kelley, a widely beloved figure who worked in Boston College‘s media relations office for almost a quarter-century, passed away Thursday night after a three-year battle with ALS. He was 48.

A native of Andover who graduated from BC in 1987, Kelley joined the sports information department in a full-time capacity in 1991 and remained there until he was unable to perform his duties last year due to his health.

Kelley last year was given the U.S. Basketball Writers Association’s Most Courageous Award. He was presented the award before BC’s last home game last season, when he received a standing ovation from the Conte Forum crowd along with BC’s players, coaches and athletic department staff.

“Surrounded by loving people who mean so much to me while receiving a much-more-than-I-deserved ovation from the crowd was overwhelming,” Kelley said at the time.

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BC SID Dick Kelley recipient of USBWA’s Most Courageous Award 02.21.13 at 1:41 pm ET
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Longtime Boston College assistant sports information director Dick Kelley was named the male recipient of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association’s Most Courageous Award, the USBWA announced Thursday.

The award is presented annually by the USBWA to honor male and female athletes, coaches, officials or administrators in college athletics who have demonstrated extraordinary courage while facing adversity in life.

Kelley, whose official title is assistant athletic director/media relations, was diagnosed with ALS in 2011, but despite the fact that he has been confined to a wheelchair and lost much of his ability to speak as his health has declined, he has remained a presence on campus and in the athletic department. He can be seen at BC basketball home games on press row.

“I am overwhelmed and very grateful for this amazing honor,” Kelley wrote when informed of the award. “I have never sought recognition but rather did what I did because I loved my job and everyone I had the privilege of working with.”

Kelley, an Andover native who graduated from BC in 1987 and became a full-time member of the media relations staff in 1991, will receive his award at the Eagles’ home game against Virginia on March 6.

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