Alum Gives BC, BC High A Total Of $27M

Patrick Cadigan, a Cambridge native and former California executive, is thanking his alma maters in a big way.

The 77-year-old from Corona del Mar, Calif., is donating $15 million to Boston College and $12 million to Boston College High School.

According to a BC spokesman, his gift to the college will create the Cadigan Alumni Center, a new facility for fundraising, alumni relations and parent relations. His gift to the high school will create Cadigan Hall, a new space for arts and recreation.

The spokesman said the gift to BC High is the largest in the school’s history and believed to be the largest-ever gift to a Catholic secondary school in New England.

Reached by our Newscast unit, Cadigan said the schools made "an indelible impression" on him.

"Education institutions are important, particularly those who were kind enough to allow immigrants' sons and daughters to get an education," he said.

BC said Cadigan, the son of two Irish immigrants, worked at his father's bar to help pay his way through BC High and BC. He later became a technology executive and real estate investor in California.

This program aired on May 8, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.

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