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“Dr. Devlin, Thank you for all you taught me. You will always be remembered. As you always said - "Eleganté not elephanté"! ”
1 of 5 | Posted by: Joe - BU Metropolitan College, 1994 - MA

“Professor Devlin's approach to teaching was unique to say the least. On the first day of class he told us that his class on Marx would probably the...Read More »
2 of 5 | Posted by: Ashlyn Lines - Student

“Jim was a great friend, brilliant instructor and someone I will never forget. My deepest sympathies. We will all miss him greatly. Melissa Ryan ”
3 of 5 | Posted by: Melissa Ryan - Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

“Prof. Devlin's lecture was one of the most memorable I attended during my time at BU. In the years since, working as an administrator in the office...Read More »
4 of 5 | Posted by: Zachary Bos - Boston, MA

“Thank you, Professor Devlin, for being my favorite professor - ever. You may not have realized it at the time, but you are one of the reasons why I...Read More »
5 of 5 | Posted by: Kimberly Santo


Dr. James Patrick Devlin of Newton, November 17, 2010. Born October 2, 1943, in Chicago, son of the late James Joseph and Beth (Kruse) Devlin, grew up in Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey. B.A. Notre Dame University, M.A. Dusquesne University, Ph.D. the University of Texas at Austin. Philosopher, professor, outstanding teacher, brilliant lead lecturer in the humanities Core Curriculum at Boston University. Master Programmer for the U.S. Army. Programmer on one of the earliest databases and Exxon's general ledger system. His teaching of advanced computer languages changed the lives of many people seeking to begin or change careers. Beloved husband of Rachel Silber Devlin, daughter of John R. Silber and the late Kathryn Underwood Silber. Brother of Richard Devlin, Cheryl Devlin Chando, and Robert Devlin. Loving father of Justine and her husband Terry Eoff, Beth and Clarence Garcia, John Hiett and his wife Samantha, Mary Beth Hiett, James Mackey Devlin, James Hiett, and Claudia Devlin. He leaves behind six grandchildren: Kaitlyn Eoff, Alexandria and Kelsey Garcia, Alistair Hiett, Taylor Slayton, and Andrew Cullen. Attentive uncle to many nieces and nephews, and will be missed by his aunt Claire Hawken and cousin Rilla Spellman. A great friend to the Jorgensen family, Brian, Robin, Edmund, and Jessica, and to the Minasian family, Onnig, Emma, Alex, and Laura. Teacher of thousands. A man of high and capacious mind, tremendous energy, many talents, and a heart warm and deep. Wake will be held from 4 to 6 o’clock on Sunday, November 21 at the Eaton & Mackay Funeral Home, 465 Centre Street, Newton, MA 02458, phone 617-244-2034. Funeral at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, November 22, at Our Lady Help Of Christians Church, 573 Washington Street, Newton, MA 02458, phone 617 969-1677. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. For directions or to share a memory of Jim please visit www.eatonandmackay.com