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The primary purpose of the B.M.C. Durfee Alumni website is to encourage contact among fellow alumni through reunions, publications, and through person-to-person contact. 

Important Information - Please Read

The 2018 Durfee Alumni Directory Project is about to begin. About every 5 to 7 years we work with a company to create a book listing all the graduates with information on work and family and contact information. This is good for keeping up with your classmates; it is also good for the alumni association because they update our listings. You will be getting email, postcards and phone calls from a company based in Dallas known as PCI. They are a trusted company that we have worked with before; they will not misuse your information. For further information click here

REMINDER - Is your class planning a reunion? Please complete the form on the reunions page or e-mail reunion information to durfeealumniassociation@gmail.com so that it will be printed in the 2017 Chimes, shared on Facebook and posted on this website.




Alumni Meetings:


Durfee High School Alumni Meeting Dates
Tradewinds Restaurant at 6 P. M.


October  2, 2017       January 8, 2018        April 9, 2018
November  13, 2017   February 12, 2018    May 14, 2018
December 11, 2017    March 12, 2018       June 11, 2018

The Durfee High School Alumni Annual Meeting will be held on May 25, 2018, in the Nagle Auditorium starting at 7:30 PM.


Restored clock tower at old Durfee High School dedicated


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Help Support Raising Funds for Scholarships!

Durfee Ornaments (3 1/4" round)
Imprinted on both sides

Funds Raised for Durfee Scholarships
Cost $10.00 Shipping $3.50 Total $13.50

Mail your check made payable to:
Durfee Alumni Assoc.
PO Box 9656
Fall River, MA 02720-0011

or Purchase using PayPal  by clicking here

Durfee Alumni Association - Clamboil

Monday, May 21, 2018 - 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

(Eat In or Take Out)

Lepage's Seafood & Grill

439 Martine, St, Fall River MA 02723

Cost: $25.00 per person *Advanced tickets are required*

*Deadline for tickets is May 16, 2018*

Purchase tickets by calling: Charlotte 508.674.4951

Email at durfeealumniassociation@gmail.com

or contact a member of the Association

After a long restoration, Durfee's old telescope is at last operational


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Zelma Vincent Braga


Zelma is a native of Fall River and a graduate of B.M.C. Durfee High School, class of 1952.  She retired in 2000 from BayCoast Bank (formerly Citizens Union Savings Bank) as the bank's Senior Vice President and Senior Trust officer.  Her banking career spanned 40 years and began at the B.M.C. Durfee Trust Co. She continued her career in the Trust division of Fall River National Bank and Bank of New England, joining Citizens Union in 1986.


She attributes her success in her career to the teachers at Durfee who prepared her for success.  It was at Durfee that her work ethic was cultivated, which later served her well.


Zelma was active in her years at Durfee from playing basketball to head typist for the year book.  She also learned volunteerism and, as a result, she learned the rewards of giving to those less fortunate.  


A commitment to public service within the greater Fall River area has always been an important part of Zelma's life.  For that reason, she has played a prominent role in many local organizations.  She served for 15 years as a member of the Board of Directors for the United Way of Greater Fall River and was Campaign Chair in 1991.  As a long term director and former assistant treasurer of the Marine Museum of Fall River, she was instrumental in the development of the Museum's membership base as well as creating the Museum's Endowment Fund.  She also served on the Board of Directors of the Fall River Historical Society for several years.  Zelma also served on the Board of Directors for 12 years of the Bristol Community College Foundation, serving as Foundation Chair from 1997-1999.  She also served on the Board of Trustees of Bristol Community College from 2001-2011.  Other community involvement includes being on the Board of Trustees for St. Anne's Hospital from 2000-2007, the Family Service Association of Greater Fall River from 2000-2008, and as a current and active member of the Fall River Rotary Club.  

Charles D. Smith, PhD ’54


Charles D. Smith,’54, is professor emeritus of Middle East history in the School of Middle East and North African Studies at the University of Arizona where he served as department head and director of graduate studies. Known as ‘Carl’ to his Durfee classmates where he played football, he grew up in Somerset but attended Fall River schools. His father taught at Durfee for many years and retired as a vice-principal. His brother David ’55 (deceased 2010) was president of his class for two years.

        A graduate of Williams College, Dr. Smith received his M.A. in Middle East Studies from Harvard and his Ph.D. in history from the University of Michigan. Formerly a member of the history faculty at San Diego State University and head of the Near Eastern/Asian Studies Department at Wayne State University, he held visiting appointments at the University of Virginia, George Mason University, Virginia Military Institute, and was the National Endowment for the Humanities Visiting Professor of Middle East history at Virginia Commonwealth University in 1993.

      A former Fulbright Scholar to Egypt, he was a research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1982. He is the former president of the American Research Center in Egypt, 1996-1999, having previously served on its executive board and as vice-president, from 1993-1996. In addition to Israel, he lived for several years in Cairo in the 1960s and early 1970s and has spent much time in Tunisia, the focus of his wife’s research.

     Professor Smith is the author of Islam and the Search for Social Order in Modern Egypt (1983), Palestine and the Arab-Israeli Conflict (1988), 9th  edition 2016, and with co-author Julia Clancy-Smith, The Modern Middle East and North Africa: A History in Documents (2013) . His book on the Arab-Israeli conflict was the first one-volume study to present the topic from the later 19th century onward rather than beginning treatment from World War II. He has published articles in the areas of modern Egypt, nationalism and theories of nationalism, Anglo-French imperialism and the Middle East in World War I, on Palestinian and Arab-Israeli affairs, and has just completed a bibliographic essay on publications on World War I and the Arab lands from 1918 to the present for 1914-1918, an online forum based in Berlin. He has been frequently consulted for his views by press and media, often overseas and was interviewed on ABC World News in 2003.

     His most recent journal/book chapter publication are “The United States and the 1967 War” in The 1967 Arab-Israeli War: Origins and Consequences, Wm Roger Louis and Avi Shlaim eds, (Cambridge University Press, 2012),  “The Arab-Israeli Conflict” in Louise Fawcett, editor, International Relations of the Middle East, 4th  ed (Oxford University Press, 2016), and “The Arab Spring: First Takes and Later Reflections,’ Middle East Journal (Fall 2013).   Professor Smith served as commentator for the panel on the Israeli attack on the U.S.S. Liberty at  the conference on the 1967 War hosted by the US State Department in Washington in January 2004. He was honored at the 2012 Middle East Studies Association of North America [MESA] meeting as the recipient of the Mentor Award for his work in advising and guiding students at the graduate and undergraduate levels; and at the 2013 MESA meeting, his co-authored book with Julia Clancy-Smith received the award for the best book on undergraduate education. He is now working on a book on World War I and British diplomacy in the Middle East.

The Durfee Alumni Associations 139th annual meeting was held on Friday, May 27th in B.M.C. Durfee High School's Nagle Auditorium

To view the Scholarship Recipients List and Alumni Meeting Program, visit our Scholarships Tab.


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