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June 12, 2008

Brother Dismas
Brother Dismas, a Xaverian brother for more than 66 years, died of heart failure June 2 at Xaverian House in Danvers. He was 85.

Brother Dismas was born Robert E. McAuliffe in Brooklyn, N.Y. He attended St. Michael's Diocesan High School in Brooklyn and joined the Congregation of the Xaverian Brothers in 1942.

He taught in high schools in Kentucky, Maryland, and Massachusetts (in Peabody and Lowell) and earned advanced degrees from Boston College and Jesus Magister University in Rome. He also held a number of administrative posts within the Xaverian congregation.

"He worked for the last 20 years . . . with the elderly, and he was just a wonderful person," said Brother Ryan of Xaverian House. "He was very caring, very giving; he would drive people to doctor's appointments. He was just a very selfless person."

Brother Dismas moved to the congregation's retirement community in Louisville in 2002. In 2004, he moved to Xaverian House, where he spent much of his time praying for those in religious vocations.

Services have been held.

Matthew Clayton
Matthew W. Clayton, a lifelong resident of Walpole, died May 29 at Caritas Norwood Hospital of an undetermined cause. He was 23.

Mr. Clayton was born in Norwood and attended Catholic Memorial High School and Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School. He then worked as a tile setter.

He loved fishing, boating, and spending time at his family's house in Isle La Motte, Vt.

Mr. Clayton leaves his parents, William and Judith of Walpole, and a brother, Daniel of Walpole.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. in Roberts-Mitchell Funeral Home in Medfield.

Ellen B. O'Brien
Ellen Ball O'Brien, a retired Boston teacher, died of heart failure Friday at Brigham and Women's Hospital. She was 67.

Dr. O'Brien was born and raised on Block Island. She graduated from the University of Rhode Island and earned a master's in education from Boston University and a doctorate in education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Dr. O'Brien began her 30-year teaching career in Rhode Island and Arlington. She then taught in the Boston public schools for more than 20 years, for 15 of which she ran vocational-training programs for special-needs students. She was also a mentor for new teachers through the University of Massachusetts at Boston.

A resident of West Roxbury and Block Island, she helped to found West Roxbury Friends of Rosie's Place, which held benefits for the Boston shelter for poor and homeless women. On Block Island, she restored the Sullivan House, a historical family home. Dr. O'Brien ran it as a bed and breakfast.

She was married to the late Thomas D. O'Brien, an attorney.

Dr. O'Brien leaves two sons, Philip Ball and Michael MacGregor, both of West Roxbury; a daughter, Rosalie O'Brien Kivlehan of West Roxbury; and two grandchildren.

A funeral Mass will be said at noon today at St. Andrew's Church on Block Island. Burial will be in Block Island Cemetery.

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