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1987, Ray Flynn, 1500m Ht1,  IAAF World Championships, Rome
1987, Ray Flynn, 1500m Ht1, IAAF World Championships, Rome
Published: 2015/09/03
Channel: urbsintacta
Raymond Flynn - Former Mayor of Boston (Dec. 16, 2014)
Raymond Flynn - Former Mayor of Boston (Dec. 16, 2014)
Published: 2014/12/23
Channel: MassSCSD
Mayor Raymond Flynn Interview
Mayor Raymond Flynn Interview
Published: 2015/04/23
Channel: Eric Kallander
America
America's Forum | Raymond Flynn and Katie Yoder
Published: 2014/12/19
Channel: Newsmax TV
Move This Portrait: Welcome & Keynote Remarks Jim Stergios & Raymond Flynn
Move This Portrait: Welcome & Keynote Remarks Jim Stergios & Raymond Flynn
Published: 2016/08/04
Channel: Pioneer Institute
Ray Flynn frustrated by portrayal of South Boston in movies
Ray Flynn frustrated by portrayal of South Boston in movies
Published: 2014/06/30
Channel: Boston Herald
Old Story Raymond Flynn, Aboriginal Tough Life
Old Story Raymond Flynn, Aboriginal Tough Life
Published: 2012/02/07
Channel: Iole Cappiello
Ray Flynn Remembers Tom Menino - Part 1
Ray Flynn Remembers Tom Menino - Part 1
Published: 2014/10/30
Channel: CBS Boston
James Michael Curley w/Mayor Flynn
James Michael Curley w/Mayor Flynn
Published: 2014/09/18
Channel: Boston History
Life Matters - Host: John J. Fahey - guest Ray Flynn (former Mayor and Ambassador to the Vatican)
Life Matters - Host: John J. Fahey - guest Ray Flynn (former Mayor and Ambassador to the Vatican)
Published: 2014/11/07
Channel: Ted Lewis
Raymond L. Flynn Marine Park Dedication
Raymond L. Flynn Marine Park Dedication
Published: 2016/11/22
Channel: Boston City TV
Ambassador and former Mayor Mr. Raymond Flynn of Boston tells a very powerful and emotional story
Ambassador and former Mayor Mr. Raymond Flynn of Boston tells a very powerful and emotional story
Published: 2017/05/05
Channel: Polish American Citizens Club Boston
Blind Man
Blind Man's Vision Restored in Bionic Eye World First
Published: 2015/07/23
Channel: United News International
Former Boston Mayor Ray Flynn crashes car in Southie
Former Boston Mayor Ray Flynn crashes car in Southie
Published: 2016/02/11
Channel: WCVB Channel 5 Boston
Raymond L. Flynn Marine Park Dedication - Promo
Raymond L. Flynn Marine Park Dedication - Promo
Published: 2016/11/15
Channel: Boston City TV
Former Democratic Boston Mayor Ray Flynn: Scott Brown Is A Necessary Bipartisan Voice
Former Democratic Boston Mayor Ray Flynn: Scott Brown Is A Necessary Bipartisan Voice
Published: 2012/04/09
Channel: Tom Thursday
World Over - 2017-01-12– The Obama Legacy, Ray Flynn with Raymond Arroyo
World Over - 2017-01-12– The Obama Legacy, Ray Flynn with Raymond Arroyo
Published: 2017/01/17
Channel: EWTN
America
America's Forum | Raymond Flynn discusses the persecution of Christians in Iraq
Published: 2014/09/08
Channel: Newsmax TV
Ray Flynn Remembers his Inauguration and has advice for new Boston Mayor Walsh
Ray Flynn Remembers his Inauguration and has advice for new Boston Mayor Walsh
Published: 2014/01/05
Channel: Boston Herald
Boston Stand Up for Religious Freedom - Ambassador Raymond L. Flynn
Boston Stand Up for Religious Freedom - Ambassador Raymond L. Flynn
Published: 2012/06/09
Channel: Jason Pascucci
Former Boston Mayor Ray Flynn fondly recalls Tom Menino
Former Boston Mayor Ray Flynn fondly recalls Tom Menino
Published: 2014/10/30
Channel: FOX25 News
Former Boston Mayor Ray Flynn Recovering After Car Crash
Former Boston Mayor Ray Flynn Recovering After Car Crash
Published: 2016/02/16
Channel: CBS Boston
America
America's Forum | Raymond Flynn talks about the motivation behind U.S. airstrikes in Syria
Published: 2014/09/23
Channel: Newsmax TV
Former Boston Mayor Ray Flynn on the Bombings
Former Boston Mayor Ray Flynn on the Bombings
Published: 2014/04/16
Channel: CGTN America
Amb Ray Flynn after the Harvard Adoration Event
Amb Ray Flynn after the Harvard Adoration Event
Published: 2014/05/13
Channel: DaTechGuyBlog
World Over - 2016-07-28 – Democrat Convention, Ray Flynn with Raymond Arroyo
World Over - 2016-07-28 – Democrat Convention, Ray Flynn with Raymond Arroyo
Published: 2016/07/29
Channel: EWTN
Ray Flynn Passed Out Before South Boston Crash
Ray Flynn Passed Out Before South Boston Crash
Published: 2016/02/12
Channel: CBS Boston
Ron Bell,  Honrable Mel King and Ambassador Raymond Flynn 10-18-16
Ron Bell, Honrable Mel King and Ambassador Raymond Flynn 10-18-16
Published: 2016/10/18
Channel: Boston Praise Radio & TV
Boston
Boston's former Mayor, Ray Flynn and Howie Carr, Boston Herald columnist,
Published: 2014/05/12
Channel: Newsmax TV
Ray Flynn Opposes Eastie Casino
Ray Flynn Opposes Eastie Casino
Published: 2013/10/31
Channel: @EBCFacts
Democratic Former Boston Mayor Ray Flynn At Sullivan
Democratic Former Boston Mayor Ray Flynn At Sullivan's
Published: 2012/09/24
Channel: scottbrownma
America
America's Forum | Ray Flynn to discuss the Vatican
Published: 2014/10/20
Channel: Newsmax TV
Politicians Catch the Acting Bug – Boston Pols Give Hollywood a Try
Politicians Catch the Acting Bug – Boston Pols Give Hollywood a Try
Published: 2016/12/08
Channel: VideoCollectables
April 2002 - Phil Saviano, Ray Flynn - Pope
April 2002 - Phil Saviano, Ray Flynn - Pope's Response to Child Sex Abuse Problem
Published: 2014/09/22
Channel: Phil Saviano Channel
America
America's Forum | Ray Flynn discusses Bloomberg’s comments that minorities should be disarmed
Published: 2015/02/09
Channel: Newsmax TV
James Caroll & Ray Flynn On Pope Francis
James Caroll & Ray Flynn On Pope Francis' Climate Change Message
Published: 2015/06/18
Channel: WGBH News
Ray Flynn Released From The Hospital
Ray Flynn Released From The Hospital
Published: 2008/09/24
Channel: wbznewsradio
America
America's Forum | Ray Flynn talks about what it's like to be in an embassy on high alert |pt1
Published: 2016/01/20
Channel: Newsmax TV
Amb Ray Flynn speaks at the Visitation House event Worcester 1 of 2.AVI
Amb Ray Flynn speaks at the Visitation House event Worcester 1 of 2.AVI
Published: 2012/04/27
Channel: DaTechGuyBlog
Newsmax Prime | Ray Flynn discusses the Vatican recognizing Palestine as a State
Newsmax Prime | Ray Flynn discusses the Vatican recognizing Palestine as a State
Published: 2015/05/14
Channel: Newsmax TV
Former Mayor Ray Flynn mourns Williams
Former Mayor Ray Flynn mourns Williams
Published: 2014/08/12
Channel: WCVB Channel 5 Boston
ray flynn video 4
ray flynn video 4
Published: 2015/04/29
Channel: Margot O'Riordan
America
America's Forum | Ray Flynn talks about what it's like to be in an embassy on high alert |pt2
Published: 2014/12/10
Channel: Newsmax TV
Newsmax Prime | Ray Flynn and Bernard Kerik
Newsmax Prime | Ray Flynn and Bernard Kerik
Published: 2015/06/05
Channel: Newsmax TV
America
America's Forum | Ray Flynn Former Ambassador to the Holy See
Published: 2014/11/14
Channel: Newsmax TV
Flynn Cruiseport Boston Dedication - Promo
Flynn Cruiseport Boston Dedication - Promo
Published: 2017/05/04
Channel: Boston City TV
Massachusetts Association Of  Law Enforcement Officers with Hon Ray Flynn and Francis Roache
Massachusetts Association Of Law Enforcement Officers with Hon Ray Flynn and Francis Roache
Published: 2012/06/04
Channel: Boston Praise Radio & TV
Keynote Speaker: Mr. Ray Flynn Part 2
Keynote Speaker: Mr. Ray Flynn Part 2
Published: 2013/01/28
Channel: RIRTL
Former Mayor Ray Flynn is on the mend
Former Mayor Ray Flynn is on the mend
Published: 2016/02/15
Channel: WCVB Channel 5 Boston
Adult Stem Cell Research - Ray Flynn | Encounter
Adult Stem Cell Research - Ray Flynn | Encounter
Published: 2014/09/09
Channel: The CatholicTV Network
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Raymond Flynn
2009 RayFlynn Boston.png
Flynn in 2009
52nd Mayor of Boston
In office
January 2, 1984 – July 12, 1993
Preceded by Kevin White
Succeeded by Thomas Menino
United States Ambassador to the Holy See
In office
1993–1997
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by Thomas Patrick Melady
Succeeded by Lindy Boggs
Personal details
Born Raymond Leo Flynn
(1939-07-22) July 22, 1939 (age 78)
South Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Catherine Coyne[1]
Parents Stephen Flynn
Lillian Kirby Flynn[1]
Alma mater Providence College (B.A., Public Administration, 1963)
Harvard University (M.A., Education, 1981)[2]

Raymond Leo Flynn (born July 22, 1939), known as Ray Flynn, is an American politician who served as 52nd Mayor of Boston, Massachusetts from 1984 until 1993. He was later appointed United States Ambassador to the Holy See (1993–1997) by President Bill Clinton.

Early life[edit]

Before entering politics, Flynn was an All-American college basketball player at Providence College, and during his senior year was selected Most Valuable Player in the 1963 National Invitation Tournament (NIT).[3] In April 1963, he was selected by the Syracuse Nationals in the fourth round of the NBA draft.[4] The Nationals relocated to Philadelphia to become the 76ers, but Flynn did not play for them, as he spent part of the 1963–64 season with the Wilmington Blue Bombers of the Eastern Professional Basketball League.[5][6][7] Philadelphia traded his NBA rights to the Boston Celtics in September 1964,[8] and in October he was the last player cut by the then-champions.[9][10]

Political career[edit]

Flynn began his political career as a Democratic member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1971 to 1979, representing the South Boston neighborhood during the turbulent busing crisis of the early 1970s. He later served on the Boston City Council from 1978 to 1984, before successfully running for Mayor of Boston in 1983. He was reelected in 1987 and again in 1991. Flynn served as president of the United States Conference of Mayors during 1991–92.[11][12]

Flynn, a lifelong pro-life activist, was instrumental in drawing the pro-life, Catholic vote to pro-choice Governor Bill Clinton of Arkansas in his 1992 bid for the White House against incumbent George H. W. Bush. In 1993, Flynn resigned during his third term as mayor when he was appointed by Clinton to serve as U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See.[13] Flynn served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary from September 2, 1993, through September 20, 1997.[14]

Following his service as ambassador, Flynn ran unsuccessfully for Massachusetts's 8th congressional district seat that was being vacated by Joseph P. Kennedy II in 1998. Flynn formally announced his candidacy in June,[15] and in September lost in the Democratic primary election to eventual general election winner Mike Capuano.[16]

In 2010, Flynn crossed party lines to vote for the successful candidacy of Republican Scott Brown for the United States Senate.[17] In 2012, Flynn appeared in television ads supporting Brown for re-election;[18] Flynn also voiced support for Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee for president.[19]

Private life[edit]

While serving as mayor, Flynn played himself in the 1989 Cheers episode "The Stork Brings A Crane".[20] In the episode, Flynn has his entourage take away Cliff Clavin, who writes Flynn once a week.[21]

Flynn was an avid runner who made headlines when he ran in both the Boston Marathon and the New York City Marathon in 1984.[22]

In March 2007, Flynn was grand marshal of the 246th New York St. Patrick's Day Parade.[23]

In May 2007, Flynn joined the College of Fellows of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, California, who also awarded him the honorary degree Doctor of Humane Letters.[24]

In September 2008, Flynn was hospitalized after he collapsed at a Boston-area speaking engagement.[25]

In March 2011, Flynn's home was broken into; among the valuables taken were rosary beads blessed by Pope John Paul II and letters from influential world figures.[26]

Flynn is married to Catherine (née Coyne). They have six children: Ray Jr., Eddie, Julie, Nancy, Katie, and Maureen.[1] In November 2017, son Ed Flynn was elected to the Boston City Council.[27]

Media[edit]

In 1998, Flynn had a role as a radio host on WRKO in Boston.[28] In September 2014, Flynn became a reglar contributor to The Pilot, the official newspaper of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston.[29] In February 2017, Flynn became a columnist for the Boston Herald.[30]

Religious advocacy[edit]

In 1999, Flynn became president of Catholic Alliance, a nonpartisan Catholic advocacy group.[31] In this role, while remaining a Democrat, he and the Catholic Alliance endorsed George W. Bush in the 2000 presidential election.[32] Flynn also became president of another Catholic political advocacy organization, Your Catholic Voice.[33] He later started Catholic Citizenship,[34] serving as its national chairman from 2004 until 2008.[citation needed] Since 2004, Flynn has also served on the advisory board of Catholics for the Common Good, a lay apostolate for evangelization of culture.[35]

Legacy[edit]

In February 2016, the Boston Marine Industrial Park was renamed the Raymond L. Flynn Marine Park.[36] A nearby bridge was also renamed in Flynn's honor.[37] In May 2017, Governor of Massachusetts Charlie Baker dedicated Flynn Cruiseport Boston, located in the Port of Boston.[38][39]

Bibliography[edit]

Flynn is the co-author of two books:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Archives Guide ~ Office of the Mayor". cityofboston.gov. Archived from the original on April 23, 2012 – via Wayback Machine. 
  2. ^ "Guide to the Mayor Raymond L. Flynn records", City of Boston Archives and Records Management Division
  3. ^ "Ray Flynn NIT's Most Valuable". Kingsport News. Kingsport, Tennessee. UPI. March 25, 1963. Retrieved February 10, 2018 – via newspapers.com. 
  4. ^ "N.B.A. Draft Selections". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. April 30, 1963. Retrieved February 10, 2018 – via newspapers.com. 
  5. ^ "Bombers open at Scranton". Morning News. Wilmington, Delaware. November 20, 1963. Retrieved February 10, 2018 – via newspapers.com. 
  6. ^ "Jets Coast, 118-98, For 3rd Straight Win". The Morning Call. Allentown, Pennsylvania. December 2, 1963. Retrieved February 10, 2018. 
  7. ^ "Blue Bombers Shelve Flynn". Evening Journal. Wilmington, Delaware. December 27, 1963. Retrieved February 10, 2018 – via newspapers.com. 
  8. ^ "Celts Sign Ray Flynn; Release 3". The Morning Call. Allentown, Pennsylvania. September 26, 1964. Retrieved February 10, 2018. 
  9. ^ "Celtics Cut Rookies Flynn, Werkman". The Portsmouth Herald. Portsmouth, New Hampshire. AP. October 8, 1964. Retrieved February 10, 2018 – via newspapers.com. 
  10. ^ Flynn, Ray (February 10, 2018). "Flynn: About more than a win, honesty shines in sports". Boston Herald. Retrieved February 10, 2018. 
  11. ^ "Meeting Is Sought With President Bush". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. AP. August 9, 1991. Retrieved February 10, 2018 – via newspapers.com. 
  12. ^ "Past Presidents". usmayors.org. Archived from the original on July 2, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Boston mayor will resign today". AP. July 12, 1993. Retrieved February 10, 2018 – via newspapers.com. 
  14. ^ "Raymond Leo Flynn". history.state.gov. Retrieved February 10, 2018. 
  15. ^ "Flynn announces run for Congress". The News-Press. Fort Myers, Florida. June 28, 1998. Retrieved February 10, 2018 – via newspapers.com. 
  16. ^ "After first loss in 30 years, Ray Flynn reflects". Rocky Mount Telegram. Rocky Mount, North Carolina. AP. September 21, 1998. Retrieved February 10, 2018 – via newspapers.com. 
  17. ^ Cary, Mary Kate (January 20, 2010). "Scott Brown's Victory Should Draw Democrats Back to the Middle". U.S. News & World Report. 
  18. ^ "Scott Brown ad with Mayor Flynn". July 29, 2012. Retrieved February 10, 2018 – via YouTube. 
  19. ^ "Ambassadors to Holy See Endorse Mitt Romney". presidency.ucsb.edu (Press release). January 7, 2012. Retrieved February 11, 2018. 
  20. ^ Bianculli, David (November 2, 1989). "TV tonight". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved February 10, 2018 – via newspapers.com. 
  21. ^ "The Stork Brings a Crane". IMDb. Retrieved February 11, 2018. 
  22. ^ Clendinen, Dudley (January 9, 1985). "About Boston". The New York Times. 
  23. ^ Martin, Patti (March 15, 2007). "Weekender (column)". Asbury Park Press. Asbury Park, New Jersey. Retrieved February 11, 2018 – via newspapers.com. 
  24. ^ "Raymond Flynn Citation". dspt.edu. May 2007. Retrieved February 11, 2018. 
  25. ^ "Ray Flynn hospitalized after collapsing at Boston-area Theology on Tap event". Catholic News Agency. September 18, 2008. Retrieved February 11, 2018. 
  26. ^ "Former Boston mayor is theft victim". Cape Cod Times. AP. 26 March 2011. Archived from the original on 30 September 2012. Retrieved 26 March 2011. 
  27. ^ "Flynn Edges Kelley in District 2". BU News Service. November 7, 2017. Retrieved February 10, 2018. 
  28. ^ "From Politician To Critic". Hartford Courant. Hartford, Connecticut. November 24, 1998. Retrieved February 11, 2018 – via newspapers.com. 
  29. ^ Pineo, Christopher S. (September 19, 2014). "Ambassador Flynn becomes regular contributor to The Pilot". thebostonpilot.com. Retrieved February 11, 2018. 
  30. ^ "Ray Flynn". bostonherald.com. Retrieved February 11, 2018. 
  31. ^ "Flynn to head Catholic Alliance". Times Herald. Port Huron, Michigan. AP. March 14, 1999. Retrieved February 11, 2018 – via newspapers.com. 
  32. ^ Gitell, Seth (June 6, 2001). "A Dying Breed". opinionjournal.com. Archived from the original on June 20, 2001 – via Wayback Machine. 
  33. ^ "Your Catholic Voice National President Ray Flynn Criticizes San Francisco Mayor/Courts Over Same-Sex Marriage". catholic.org (Press release). February 18, 2004. Retrieved February 11, 2018. 
  34. ^ Vennochi, Joan (September 18, 2004). "A church-state balancing act". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved February 11, 2018 – via newspapers.com. 
  35. ^ "Meet the Leaders of Catholics for the Common Good Institute". ccgaction.org. Retrieved February 11, 2018. 
  36. ^ "Raymond L. Flynn Marine Park". bostonplans.org. Retrieved February 11, 2018. 
  37. ^ Quinlin, Michael P. (November 12, 2016). "Boston Honors Ray Flynn". irishboston.org. Retrieved February 11, 2018. 
  38. ^ "Governor Baker Massport Officially Dedicate The Flynn Cruiseport Boston at The Black Falcon Terminal". massport.com. May 4, 2017. Retrieved February 11, 2018. 
  39. ^ "Raymond L. Flynn Black Falcon Cruise Terminal". Google Maps. Retrieved February 11, 2018. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Kevin White
Mayor of Boston, Massachusetts
1984–1993
Succeeded by
Thomas Menino
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Thomas Patrick Melady
US Ambassador to the Holy See
1993–1997
Succeeded by
Corinne Claiborne Boggs


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