The 2010 Distinguished Alumnus Award is presented to Professor
John F. Looney, Jr., EdD. Professor Looney has had a distinguished
career at the university as an educator, researcher, and mentor,
initially in the Department of Earth and Geographic Sciences and
subsequently in the presently merged Department of Environmental,
Earth and Ocean Sciences.
Looney joined Boston State University in September of 1968 and continued as a professor when Boston State merged with the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Looney also served as the chair of the Environmental, Earth and Ocean Science, Department from 2006 to 2009. This was during a crucial period where the merger occurred between a totally undergraduate program in the Department of Earth and Geographic Sciences with a graduate program in the Environmental Science Department. His people skills, intellect, and resiliency provided the direction and stability for this merger to be very successful.