How Charlie Altieri Changed the Face of Campus

February 13, 2017


Although Charlie Altieri did not graduate from Stonehill, the Brockton contractor who died last week, had a close, supportive bond with the College since it opened in 1948.

As an apprentice bricklayer during the College’s initial year, Altieri worked on the construction of the old science center, now Merkert-Tracy, which was the first major addition to campus. He took great pride in that project and remembered the formative experience, which was under his father's guidance, fondly.

Little did he know at that time that he would go on to become a successful contractor whose company Auburn Construction would play not just a defining role in the physical development of the campus but grow to be a friend and neighbor who loved the College and served it generously, as three student scholarships attest.

In 2011, the College presented Altieri with its President’s Award for Excellence for the many ways in which he contributed to the growth of the College.

BIG WARM HEART

“Charlie was a gentleman, a man of principle and of his word. It was a joy to work with him. He treasured his relationship with Stonehill and was one of our finest ambassadors in the local community. A professional to his very essence, he also had a big, warm heart in which the College had a special place. Whether supporting our events or sustaining student scholarships, he did so much for us and with such class,” said Vice President for Advancement Francis X. Dillon ’70 who counted Altieri as a colleague and a friend.

The Family of Charles Altieri Scholarship Fund assists academically qualified students with need. In addition, the Joseph F. Kelliher III Memorial Scholarship, founded in memory of his nephew, assists students who specialize in Financial Management, while the John F. Altieri Scholarship assists students who major in the humanities. Combined, the scholarships have helped more than 80 Stonehill students.

BUILDINGS AND RENOVATIONS

Altieri and his company built the Chapel of Mary (1978), Stanger Hall (1986), and Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex (1988). They added a wing to Cushing-Martin and constructed the following student residences: Cascino, Flynn, Benaglia, Sullivan, and Sheehan.

They were involved with renovations projects for Donahue Hall, Duffy Academic, O’Hara, College Center, Merkert-Tracy, and the townhouses in both Colonial and Commonwealth courts. They also restored the Clock Farm and the mall.

Fittingly, his funeral Mass was celebrated in the Chapel of Mary on campus this past Saturday morning.