Commemorating the life of a fellow Friar, dedication to the greater community
John “Jack” J. Dunphy ’54 has been posthumously honored for his 67 years of service to a Boy Scout troop in Massachusetts.
Troop 103 memorialized Mr. Dunphy by dedicating the lodge at Camp Father Freel in Chesterfield as “Dunphy Lodge.” He was a life-long resident of Florence in western Massachusetts.
Mr. Dunphy was affiliated with Boy Scout Troop 103, which was established in 1925 at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Roman Catholic Church in Florence. A dedication ceremony was held over the summer to unveil a granite monument at the entrance to the lodge featuring Mr. Dunphy’s name and likeness.
Mr. Dunphy served in a variety of positions in the Scouts, from patrol leader in his youth to assistant scoutmaster. At the time of his death at the age of 79, Mr. Dunphy was troop committee chairman and was responsible for the ongoing operations of the troop. He took care of the troop’s logistics, such as tax filings, deed transfers, and completing various reports.
“Current leadership describes my father as the man who held the troop together throughout the years – a constant figure,” said his daughter, Peg Dunphy Jekanowski ’84. “He was the ‘behind the scenes’ guy who oversaw the operations of the troop, while providing troop leaders with guidance and direction.”
Mr. Dunphy was an Eagle Scout, which is the highest rank that can be earned in the Boy Scouts of America. Approximately 4 percent of all Boy Scouts earn this award. Additionally, he was honored with the Ad Altare Dei and Silver Beaver Awards.
He received the Ad Altare Dei award when he was a Scout, as he practiced the values of scouting combined with the tenets of Catholic faith. The Silver Beaver Award is the council-level distinguished service award for registered adult leaders who have made an impact on the lives of youth through hard work, self-sacrifice, dedication, and many years of service.
Mr. Dunphy was the vice president of Lineco, Inc., a division of University Products in Holyoke, Mass., which manufactures archival preservation materials for colleges, museums, and libraries. Mr. Dunphy and his wife Mary raised five children and had six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. A first lieutenant in the Korean War, he was a member of the American Legion Post 28 in Northampton and volunteered at Santa’s Workshop at Look Park for 25 years.
The friar within
At PC, Mr. Dunphy was known to everyone as Jack. He was a member of ROTC and majored in sociology. He played intramural football, basketball, and softball during his time at PC. He sought the mentorship of Rev. Lloyd A. Mahler, O.P., professor emeritus of theology.
Jekanowski explained he was a friar at heart up until his passing about a year ago.
She said, “One of his great memories is the time when a group of my friends from the Friars Club made him an ‘honorary friar.’ He was thrilled, to say the least.”
“In terms of how the PC mission helped him grow as a person, I think about his growth as a person in serving God and humanity in his own humble way throughout his life,” said Jekanowski.
— Genevieve Marie Ilg ’14
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