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January 25, 2011

New Lecture Series in Sociology Honors Catherine McLaughlin Hakim ’70

Emmanuel College is pleased to announce the establishment of the Catherine McLaughlin Hakim Lecture Series. Endowed by Dr. Raymond Hakim in honor of his late wife Catherine, a 1970 Emmanuel graduate, the lecture series is sponsored by the Department of Sociology and focuses on issues within sociology, social justice and social policy on the local, national and international levels.

"Catherine always had fond memories of Emmanuel College," said Dr. Hakim. "We thought it would be great to commemorate her memory and the memories she had of Emmanuel by establishing a lecture series in her honor in an area she loved." A sociology major at Emmanuel, McLaughlin Hakim studied under longtime sociology professor Sister Marie Augusta Neal, SND, who left an indelible mark on her student experience. Despite moving to Montreal upon her husband's acceptance to medical school at McGill University after only two years of study, McLaughlin Hakim maintained a strong desire to return to the College to finish her education. She got her wish a few years later when Dr. Hakim was offered a fellowship at neighboring Brigham and Women's Hospital, allowing the couple to return to the Boston area.

"She loved Emmanuel, especially Sister Marie Augusta Neal," said her sister Ann McLaughlin Tuite '64. "She always felt she was supported and encouraged and was always interested in finishing her degree."

Catherine passed away in 1992 after a battle with metastatic breast cancer. In her memory, Dr. Hakim also established a chair in nephrology at McGill University as well as a named professorship within Vanderbilt University's Department of Medicine, where he served as a full-time faculty member in the Division of Nephrology until 1996. He believes his late wife would be touched by the lecture series named in her honor at Emmanuel.

"She had grace, she was a wonderful wife and a wonderful woman," said Hakim of Catherine. "She continued to maintain relationships with friends she met at Emmanuel throughout her life."

The first installment of the Catherine McLaughlin Hakim Lecture Series will be held on March 31st at 4:30 p.m. Mary C. Waters, the M.E. Zukerman Professor of Sociology and former chair of the Sociology Department at Harvard University, will present the inaugural address, entitled, "Five Years After Hurricane Katrina: What 'Recovery' Looks Like for Survivors." The lecture will be held in the Janet M. Daley Library Lecture Hall.