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GCC Foundation Announces Retirement of Dorothy Parrill

Posted on Friday November 18th 2011

Dorothy (Dottie) Parrill '87
Dorothy (Dottie) Parrill '87
Dorothy (Dottie) Parrill '87

Dorothy (Dottie) Parrill '87

One familiar voice will no longer be at the other end of the telephone if you call the GCC Foundation with a question about giving a gift or the balance of an endowment fund, following the March 31 retirement of Dorothy (Dottie) Parrill.  After 14 years of support to the Foundation and GCC students, Dorothy is retiring and we have welcomed Tom Doherty to her position as Accounting/Database Coordinator.

Everybody who knows her knows that her dedication, intelligence, humor and caring will be greatly missed. Dorothy loves and made an impact on GCC, as an alum (she received an Associate’s Degree from GCC in 1987, adding to her previously earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees), as an employee and as a friend.

There are two facets about Dorothy that deserve recognition: the employee that she is and her amazing work product, and the human being that she is her amazing capacity for kindness and caring.

As a worker, her systems were so clear, her recordkeeping so precise, and her methods so logical, that Tom was able, after a short training, to competently understand and manage the complex workload.

But more important is to recognize Dorothy, the human being. She is a warm, caring, kind, compassionate person who set a high bar. Do you know how people sometimes jostle to stand next to celebrities or sports heroes to benefit from the reflected glory? Well, we all stand next to Dorothy to benefit from the reflected grace. We all feel better just being around her. The work that she and her husband Lloyd do for their congregation, their community, their family and friends and for those in need is significant and important.

The GCC Foundation is a better place because of her work and the world is a better place because of her heart. We are lucky to have had her with us those years and wish her well in her retirement.

GCC receives VIP treatment from Springfield Armor


GCC President Bob Pura hosted a great evening of “GCC Night at the Springfield Armor” with a road trip on March 21st to a basketball game at the Mass Mutual Center. Members of our community joined GCC alumni and employees for a wonderful night of VIP treatment, including reserved courtside seating, dinner and great camaraderie while watching this area’s minor league basketball team play to win. This sold-out game was the Springfield Armor’s final home game of the season.

GCC Art Program: Welcome to “Face Nook”


For the past 5 years, an anonymous donor has supplied a $100 award to a GCC painting student each semester to be used to purchase painting supplies. In return, the students have created a miniature self-portrait on a canvas supplied by the donor. Award recipients are art program majors, nominated by the painting faculty, who have demonstrated a commitment to the medium and are producing work of a high standard. We are pleased to announce two exciting opportunities related to this initiative:

1. A collection of these mini portraits will now be offered for sale as part of a unique fundraising exhibit to benefit GCC’s Art Department, hosted by Nina’s Nook in Turners Falls in November 2014.

2. In addition to the existing collection, current and former painting students of the college are also invited to submit their work in this event using 6″ square canvases. The exhibit, to be called “Face Nook,” will open November 14 and close December 6. All work must be delivered to Nina’s Nook by November 5, either in person to the gallery or shipped to: Nina Rossi, 21 Central St, Turners Falls MA 01376. For details contact Nina Rossi,