My time at BHS was a very distant memory for me until recently. I left Burlington a couple of years after graduation and never really looked back. Then out of the blue Phil Maniatty contacted me via LinkedIn about the 50th reunion and I’m again remembering my time at BHS. Many of you may not remember me as I moved to Burlington from Massachusetts in February, 1969 and completed only junior and senior years at BHS. Moving in the middle of junior year and being uprooted from classmates I had been with since kindergarten was pretty difficult but fortunately, I found a group of friends – or maybe they found me – and Jody, Louise, Diane, Claudia and Julie were a surely a silver lining! In the last few months, we’ve had a chance to reconnect via ZOOM for our own reunion which has been great!
After moving back to Massachusetts in ’72, I took a job in Boston and continued school at night. It took a lot of years, but it paid off with tuition reimbursement and very little college debt. In 1978 I moved to California and spent the next 10 years working and developing a career in human resources. I also met my future husband, Kevin, there. I returned to Massachusetts in 1988 to reconnect with my family after losing my beloved grandmother. Kevin and I spent four weeks crossing the country in my little blue Mazda, visiting National Parks and places of interest. If you’ve ever traveled in a rather small vehicle for days on end with a spouse or significant other, you know it can be a real test of a relationship! I’m happy to say we passed that test and have been happy together ever since – married for 29 years this October! While we didn’t have children of our own, we’ve been blessed with many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews who have certainly enriched our lives.
As for my professional life, I completed a master’s degree in 1992. I continued to work in human resources for healthcare and higher education organizations. I loved my work and found it rewarding both personally and professionally. In 2017 I retired from my role as Chief Human Resources Officer at MCPHS University in Boston (formerly Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences). We now live happily in Boise, ID, Kevin’s home state, spending time catching up on hobbies, walking, biking, and a bit of gardening. I also volunteer with the local chapter of SCORE as a business mentor to small business owners.
I’m planning a trip back east in October for my nephew’s wedding and hope to get to Burlington for the reunion. Maybe I’ll see you there!
Mary (MacKenzie) Lilly