Pat Cadigan, a Cambridge native and the son of Irish immigrants, went from helping his father run an Inman Square bar to leading several high-tech companies in California, and he credits his Jesuit education at Boston College and Boston College High School for helping him succeed.
Now Cadigan, 77, of Corona del Mar, Calif., is thanking both institutions in a big way – by donating $15 million to BC for a new alumni center and $12 million to BC High for an arts and recreation building, both of which will bear his name.
‘They talked about nobility in all your dealings,’ Cadigan said. ‘And that hard work itself is noble . . . They taught us self-reliance and to make something of ourselves in high school, and you were kind of a boob if you didn’t do what you were supposed to.’