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PC Recognizes Narragansett's Reilly as a Faithful Friar

Providence College has bestowed a national alumni award on Narragansett's James H. Reilly III for a life of dedication to his alma mater.

(left to right) President Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P.; James H. Reilly, III; Jennifer Celli ’14, Student Leader; and Colleen Duffy, President of the National Alumni Association. (Photo: Providence College)
(left to right) President Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P.; James H. Reilly, III; Jennifer Celli ’14, Student Leader; and Colleen Duffy, President of the National Alumni Association. (Photo: Providence College)

James H. Reilly III is a fixture in Narragansett as a former member of the Narragansett Town Council, an active member of the Narragansett Lion's CLub and the Chamber of Commerce.

Recently, Reilly, also the Town Solicitor for the Town of North Kingstown, received the Faithful Friar Award during Providence College’s Annual Reunion Weekend. 

The College’s National Alumni Association presented the award to Reilly for his "extraordinary dedication to PC with a consistent and distinguished record of service and loyalty to the institution along with a commitment to giving of time, talent and treasure," according to a release.

The ceremony was part of a weekend of events, recognizing alumni for their outstanding contributions to the PC community and beyond. 

As a partner with Providence-based the law firm Kelly, Kelleher, Reilly & Simpson, Reilly served as an advisor to PC long before the College established its own legal counsel division. Over the past four decades, he has helped plan reunions as a class agent, and was a co-chair for South County phone-a-thons in the 1980s and 1990s.

In 1996, he received the Mal Brown Award. He is a former member of the National Alumni Association Board of Governors, served as the president in 1995 and is a longtime PC men’s basketball season ticket holder.

Reilly received a bachelor’s degree in political science from PC and his juris doctorate from Suffolk University.

PC’s National Alumni Association was instituted in 1924, one year after the first graduating class at the College. The Association consists of 36 clubs and chapters across the country, with membership spanning more than seven decades of graduates. They come from diverse backgrounds and hold a wide array of positions within various industries.

The Association plans a variety of programs and opportunities for alumni to network, based on Six Pillars of Engagement: Celebration of our Catholic and Dominican Identity, Community Service, Career Networking, Cultural and Educational, Camaraderie, and Young Alumni and Current Students.

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