Date: March 15, 2018
Time: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm


Veritas Auditorium, Berchmans Hall
Elms College
291 Springfield St.
Chicopee, MA 01013 United States

College of Our Lady of the Elms will host an evening with Gerard F. Doherty, author of They Were My Friends – Jack, Bob & Ted: My Life in and out of Politics, at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, March 15, in Elms College Veritas Auditorium.

Doherty, an attorney, was a trusted political adviser to President Kennedy, Sen. Robert Kennedy, Sen. Edward Kennedy, President Johnson, and President Carter. The husband of the late Marilyn Doherty, who was a 1953 alumna of the college, Doherty served as chair of the Elms College board of trustees from 1988 to 1995. They Were My Friends offers a rare, firsthand account of the behind-the-scenes work that led to some of the most influential moments of the Kennedy brothers’ political lives—and how the son of a Boston firefighter became the only man with a seat at the table with all three Kennedy brothers. The book takes​ ​the​ ​reader​ ​through​ ​the history​ ​of​ ​Massachusetts​ ​politics​ ​and​ ​the​ ​golden​ ​age​ ​of​ ​the Kennedy​ ​political​ ​dynasty.​​

Doherty’s clever​ ​voice weaves​ ​the story of his​ ​unlikely​ ​rise​ ​to​ ​the​ ​top​ ​of​ ​Massachusetts​ ​political leadership​ ​and​ ​how​ ​he​ ​became​ ​the​ ​man​ ​behind​ ​the​ ​Kennedy political​ ​machine​ ​at​ ​key​ ​moments​ ​in​ ​history. He​ ​also​ ​shares​ ​accounts​ ​of​ ​his​ ​work​ ​helping​ ​Presidents Carter​ ​and​ ​Johnson​ ​win​ ​the​ ​White House.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is encouraged. Please register below. For additional information, contact Barbara Mulcahy at 413-265-2448.