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Sen. President Therese Murray awarded BU Law’s Pike Prize

February 6, 2010

Published by BU Law

Though blind since age seven, BU Law alumnus Neal Pike (’37) overcame the challenges of his condition and became a lifelong crusader for people with disabilities.

Thirty-seven years later, Massachusetts Senate president Therese Murray carries on Pike’s legacy. In honor of her accomplishments, BU Law awarded Senator Murray the annual N. Neal Pike Prize in December.

The Pike Prize honors an individual who has achieved notable success despite physical or mental disability or an able-bodied person that has been of great help to people with disabilities.

“Senate President Therese Murray has been a tireless advocate for those in our society who are most vulnerable and in need of support,” said Dean Maureen A. O’Rourke during the award presentation.

“She has worked to pass health care reform, to provide mandatory hearing tests for newborns, and to require insurers to cover health services for mental illness as well as physical ailments.”

The nearly three-year Mass. Senate President has fought to improve quality and reduce costs of health care for citizens of the state. She has worked on notable health legislation such as the 2000 Mental Health Parity law, and also created the Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund in 2001. The fund assists families of children with special health needs bear the financial burden associated with their care.

Pike established the award in his name in 1972 to show his gratitude for the School of Law. Past award winners include scholar and humanitarian Professor Jay Katz and Max Cleland, a triple amputee and U.S. Senator and Administrator of Veterans Affairs.

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