A tireless legal advocate for the disadvantaged is a stellar choice as the first inductee of the newly created Archbishop Williams High School Academic Hall of Fame.
Sister Eleanor Martin, a member of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, is a 1963 ABHS graduate who, on her graduation from Boston Law School, became the first sister in her order to become an attorney.
She went on to skillfully serve in roles such as providing legal assistance to the poor in Massachusetts and Kentucky and as an attorney at Boston’s Irish Immigration Center, established in 1989 and today serving immigrants from more than 100 nations.
Her accomplishments are many, and her dedicated work on behalf of the poor are amazing.
The disadvantaged need capable and compassionate assistance when confronted with our confusing and cash-fueled legal system, and we are so proud that Sister Eleanor Martin has provided that assistance.
As Sister Eleanor Martin diligently pursued her education, she did so with an eye to using all she learned to help others. After graduating from AWHS, Sister Eleanor Martin received a degree in sociology from Spaulding University before going on to earn her law degree.
From 1978 to 2002, she provided legal help to low-income people in the Bay State and in Kentucky. She was instrumental in establishing the first domestic violence shelter in eastern Kentucky.
Her other achievements include being associate director for the Legal Aid Society of Louisville, a managing attorney for the Southeastern Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation, and, from 2002 to 2007, a vice provincial of the Western Province of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth.
Sister Eleanor Martin always remembered her formative years at Archbishop Williams. She is a former member of the AWHS Advisory Board and Board of Trustees.
Sister Eleanor Martin was inducted into the AWHS First Annual Hall of Fame at an Oct. 4 ceremony at The Lantana in Randolph. This first annual hall of fame has an additional distinction, having been established to mark the 60th anniversary of Archbishop Williams High School.
In the decades ahead, students at AWHS will be privileged to have Sister Eleanor Martin as a model of a life that has helped and blessed countless of society’s most vulnerable members.
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