Deceased March 30, 1990

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In Memory

On March 30, 1990, Maury Ferriter lost his valiant battle with cancer. Two days later, hundreds of friends and family members joined together to remember and honor Maury at a funeral mass at Holy Cross Church in Holyoke, Mass., where he and his wife, Rosalie, were raised. It was a moving service with Rosalie’s brother, Mark Mengel, a missionary priest of the Society of Saint Columban, reminding us through his eloquent sermon of the joy and kindness which Maury gave to all who knew him.

At the time of his death, Maury and Rosalie lived with their three children, Emmet, Katherine and Conor, in Simsbury, Conn. He was employed as the assistant general counsel at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, a division of United Technologies. Prior to that, he was an attorney with Day, Berry and Howard in Hartford. In the two years between his graduation from the Georgetown University Law Center and beginning his work for Day, Berry and Howard, he clerked for Judge Thomas J. Meskill, United States Court of Appeals for the second circuit, and Judge T. Emmet Clarie, Chief United States Judge for the District of Connecticut. At Georgetown, Maury served as senior articles editor of its international law journal and a member of the executive board. He was also a frequent contributor to Amherst activities in Connecticut and acted as the president of the Amherst Association of Connecticut for eight years.

Little sense can be made of the death of a friend and classmate who had so much life yet to live. From our first contact in freshman year, every visit with Maury taught me something about friendship, love of family, modesty, respect and the power of laughter, which he so often directed at himself. To be with Maury was to know an extraordinarily affectionate, kind, happy and gentle man. It was potent mix; each visit was a gift.

I will always remember Maury’s leaving the College on Friday afternoons in the spring to coach his younger brother’s little league team ... and when living in TD as sophomores, his going to bed regularly by 11:00 because his work was done, while the rest of us rushed about frantically, burning the midnight oil mostly due to our procrastination ... and, in more recent years, our conversations always turning to me and my family rather than to him and his because that was his interest. And I will remember that inside this kind, gentle, warm man there burned a competitive fire which led to his great success at Amherst, Georgetown Law and as an attorney, not to mention as an All-State quarterback and, later, when slowed by a knee injury, on the tennis court or the golf links. Maury seemed better than the rest of us at combining ambition with caring and modesty. It was a quality which I tremendously admired. I know others did as well.

It is in these memories and the lessons which they include that we can find some consolation, if not reason. In his short life, Maury taught his friends much about living a good life—one with meaning and value for his family, friends and himself. I regret for us all the loss of such a wonderful friend and teacher. I could use more of his lessons.

In addition to Rosalie and the children, Maury leaves behind his parents, brothers John and Joe and his sister, Mary. Our thoughts and prayers are with them all.

Drew Casertano ’78