The University of Massachusetts Boston community was saddened to learn of the passing of our beloved mayor and alumnus Thomas Menino (Class of ’88). On their behalf, I extend my condolences to Angela, Susan, Thomas Jr., and the rest of the Menino family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.
At an event at the university yesterday, we had hoped to present Mayor Menino with an award honoring his innovation in urban development, specifically his vision for what is now the Innovation District. We called it the Champion of Innovation Award. Of course, we were not able to give it to him in person.
But Mayor Menino has always been a champion on and for our campus.
As perhaps the most recognizable of our alumni, he was our partner in many initiatives that benefit our students, such as Success Boston, and an impassioned advocate for our university. Before he stepped down from public office, he was working closely with us on our master planning efforts.
Personally, he was my friend, and a good man. I was always proud to work with him.
While I mourn his passing, I am comforted that his last days were spent in peace with his loving family. And I am grateful for his many years of public service, as a city councilor and as the mayor who transformed Boston into the city it is today, leading the way for improvements in every aspect of city life, from potholes to public safety. No issue was too small or large for him to take on for his constituents.
He was a proud alumnus of our great university. He was a leader of great vision and purpose.
In my remarks yesterday, I said that Mayor Menino was a lion for our City of Boston. He was, and will remain, a heroic figure in our hearts and memories.