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Below is Joseph P. Healey's 1985 obituary from the Boston Globe.

Boston Globe.  January 15, 1985 (Copyright 1985, 1998 Globe Newspaper Company)

Joseph Healey, Lawyer, Banker, was Chairman of UMass Trustees

Funeral services will be private for Joseph P. Healey, 69, lawyer, educator, banking leader, government official and longtime chairman of the University of Massachusetts trustees. He died Saturday at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington after a long illness.

Mr. Healey was a member of the University of Massachusetts board of trustees for 22 years and served as chairman from 1969 until his retirement in 1981.

A former member of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, he led the successful search in the 1960s for a permanent Boston campus for the state university. Upon his retirement, the university honored Mr. Healey by naming the library at the new Harbor Campus in Boston in his honor and by awarding him an honorary doctor of laws degree. He had also been a member of the Boston College Law School faculty from 1947 to 1961.

A graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School, Mr. Healey's law career included service as general counsel of Boston Edison Co. In 1963, Mr. Healey joined BayBank Middlesex as president and became chairman of the board two years later. He retired from the bank in 1980. He was chairman of the Massachusetts Tax Commission in 1957 and 1958 and had served as Massachusetts commissioner of corporations.

Chief speech writer for John F. Kennedy during his early political career, Mr. Healey was appointed by President Kennedy in 1961 to the governing council of the Administrative Council of the United States.

At the time of his death, Mr. Healey was a member of the board of directors of Boston Edison Co., a trustee of the Lahey Clinic Foundation, board chairman of Refrigerated Food Express, and counsel to the Somerville law firm ofNasson & Hoban. He was a former president of the Massachusetts Bankers Assn. and a former trustee of the Charlestown Savings Bank and of Stadium Realty Trust which built the stadium in Foxborough for the New England Patriots.

His other affiliations included positions as a public member of the board of governors of the Boston Stock Exchange; as chairman of the Arlington Trust Fund Commission; and as a member of the board of directors of Boston Mutual Life Insurance Co.

In 1981 he was recognized by Dean Junior College with the Cameron S. Thompson Medal of Honor for his contributions to society. He leaves a son, Peter of Ashland, and four brothers, Hugh, Paul, James and Edward.