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Dr. James Patrick Devlin

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Dr. Devlin,
Thank you for all you taught me. You will always be remembered.
As you always said - "Eleganté not elephanté"!

Posted by: Joe - BU Metropolitan College, 1994 - Boston, MA - Student   Jun 24, 2011

Professor Devlin's approach to teaching was unique to say the least. On the first day of class he told us that his class on Marx would probably the hardest we would take at BU. He wasn't saying it out of arrogance or to shock, it was clear that he just didn't see the point in sugar coating the facts. I didn't realize that till later, I can honestly say I thought of withdrawing in the interim day more than once.

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Posted by: Ashlyn Lines - Student   Nov 22, 2010

Jim was a great friend, brilliant instructor and someone I will never forget. My deepest sympathies. We will all miss him greatly.
Melissa Ryan

Posted by: Melissa Ryan - Ponte Vedra Beach, FL - Friend/Colleague   Nov 19, 2010

Prof. Devlin's lecture was one of the most memorable I attended during my time at BU. In the years since, working as an administrator in the office of the Core program he helped to create, I have heard students and faculty so many times express their appreciation of this man. A number of the Core alumni have written to my office to express similar sentiments, which I've collected at

My condolences to the family and friends.

Posted by: Zachary Bos - Boston, MA - Student   Nov 19, 2010

Thank you, Professor Devlin, for being my favorite professor - ever. You may not have realized it at the time, but you are one of the reasons why I did not give up on college during my first semester. I did not fully appreciate the concept of "gnothi seauton" until you became my teacher. I will never forget your kindness, generosity, and absolutely insane (but brilliant) approach to exploring a liberal arts education. Much love always.

Posted by: Kimberly Santo - Former Core Student   Nov 19, 2010