The BAC Community Mourns Loss of Arthur J. Hurley

Arthur with BAC Students at fundraising gala

Arthur with BAC students at fundraising gala in 2014

The BAC regrets to announce that longtime supporter of the college, Arthur J. Hurley III, passed away last Thursday, April 14, 2016 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Arthur served as an overseer for the BAC before joining the College's Board of Trustees in 2012. He was an active member of the development committee, helping to grow the BAC's fundraising efforts. Both Arthur and his company, Arthur J. Hurley Company Inc., have been generous supporters, specifically for the annual Spring into Design Gala. For his contributions, the BAC awarded him an Honorary Doctorate of Design Leadership at the 2015 commencement.

"Arthur Hurley was a gentleman, humble to a fault, generous, committed to the BAC, and a fine and dear friend," said Marc Pelletier, trustee and former chair of the Board of Trustees. "I recruited Arthur to serve first as an overseer, and then asked him to become a trustee. He modestly accepted the invitation, though he asked me how he could possibly be a part of a group of architects, designers and other professionals. I told him he was precisely the type of person we needed on the Board of Trustees - his business acumen and quiet leadership were of great value. For the past few years, Arthur came to every meeting, quietly listened to everyone's opinions and comments, and would take whatever action was needed. He supported the BAC generously and with enthusiasm, and never shied away from any opportunity to help."

Arthur receiving his honorary degree in 2015

Arthur was president of the Arthur J. Hurley Company, Inc., located in Roxbury. Established in 1929 by Arthur's grandfather Arthur J. Hurley, Sr., the company is a family owned and operated distributor of electrical wire and cable. The company serves a broad base of customers and its products are used in airports, train and mass transit systems, convention and stadium facilities, tunnels and bridges, office buildings, and the electric power grids of New England. Arthur joined the family business in 1974 and helped carry on the success of the company by adhering to the exemplary operating principles set by his father and grandfather. Arthur was instrumental in expanding the business through increasing the company's workforce, widening the selection of products, moving the head office and warehouse, and building greater infrastructure. Arthur was also an active supporter and contributor to the Italian Home for Children and the Roxbury Boys and Girls Club.

The BAC offers condolences to Arthur's family and loved ones. He will be greatly missed by the BAC community. 

Read Arthur's full obituary.