Jack F. Looney, Jr.

The 2010 Distinguished Alumnus Award is presented to Professor John F. Looney, Jr., EdD. Professor Looney has had a distinguished career at the university as an educator, researcher, and mentor, initially in the Department of Earth and Geographic Sciences and subsequently in the presently merged Department of Environmental, Earth and Ocean Sciences.

Looney joined Boston State University in September of 1968 and continued as a professor when Boston State merged with the University of Massachusetts Boston.


He has been involved in teaching, at various levels, for over fifty years. Most of his educational life has been with the University of Massachusetts Boston, where he was the go-to person for numerous students. Interested in science education before it became fashionable, Professor Looney has received several major college and university awards for his teaching skills and his service.  Most notably, he received the prestigious University of Massachusetts Service Award in 2001 for his service to the university and community.

Looney also served as the chair of the Environmental, Earth and Ocean Science, Department from 2006 to 2009. This was during a crucial period where the merger occurred between a totally undergraduate program in the Department of Earth and Geographic Sciences with a graduate program in the Environmental Science Department. His people skills, intellect, and resiliency provided the direction and stability for this merger to be very successful.