James Patrick Devlin

October 2, 1943 ~ November 17, 2010 (age 67) 67 Years Old

James Devlin Obituary

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

  • Visitation

    November 21, 2010
    4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

    Eaton & Mackay Funeral Home

    465 Centre Street
    Newton, MA

  • Funeral Mass

    November 22, 2010
    10:30 AM

    Our Lady Help of Christians

    573 Washington St.
    Newton, MA

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