The Rondileau Award was established to recognize a Bridgewater State College graduate who demonstrates the qualities most valued by Dr. Rondileau, the eighth president of the college. The recipient must demonstrate exceptional competence and accomplishment within his/her chosen profession, as well as exceptional service to his/her community, which has resulted in the improvement of community life.
2012 Recipient - Beverly Beckham '68, G'76
Beverly Beckham began her writing career in 1979. Her articles and essays have appeared in newspapers and magazines around the world. Beckham wrote columns and editorials for the Boston Herald for 19 years and currently writes a weekly Sunday column for the Boston Globe plus a bi-monthly column for the website .
Beckham is the author of "A Gift of Time," a collection of personal essays; "Back Then, a Memoir of Childhood" and is a contributor to the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" book series. She is a frequent guest on radio and TV as well as a keynote speaker for organizations nationwide.
Beckham is known for her reflective words and her ability to make her readers appreciate the extraordinary joys in everyday life. She has been honored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving "for outstanding journalism in the fight against drinking and driving" and by the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress "for disseminating up-to-date information about down syndrome."
Beckham lives in Canton, Massachusetts with her husband, Bruce, and has three children and five grandchildren.
Last Modified: August 16, 2012