Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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February 20, 2014

BC mourns passing of quiet giant

Kelley succumbs to ALS at 48

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Rahon said, “That shot was for you DK.”

Bigtime college athletes are often revered. Too much so. Dick was all about tough love. A stickler for grammar, he’d work tirelessly with the athletes on making a good impression. It served them well with press interviews. But more importantly, Kelley knew, on job interviews.

His message was simple and effective: positive and humble.

It was how Kelley lived his life.

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As news spread of Kelley’s death, many went to Twitter to express their affection.

I’ll guarantee all of them read and re-read their tweets before hitting send. Even from heaven, Kelley would admonish them: “You’re a BC graduate, act like one.”

Atlanta Falcons star quarterback Matt Ryan tweeted, “He was one of my favorite people I met during my time at BC and a huge influence to me.”

Then a troubled teen, Chris Herren’s stint at BC was short-lived. He never forgot how Kelley was always there for him.

He tweeted, “Heaven got a HERO. RIP Mr. Dick Kelley A man who never left my side and served BC and its athletes with the utmost commitment and dedication.”

UConn sports information director Mike Enright tweeted, “Never met a SID who cared more about a school and its student-athletes than Dick Kelley at BC ... it was an honor to work with him.”

L.A. Clippers forward Jared Dudley tweeted, “He always taught me to be positive and humble. Helped me become more professional. Thank u.”

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