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My Bentley Story by Claire Swanson Anderson

My grandfather, Adelbert J. “Al" Tuleja, graduated from the Bentley School of Accounting and Finance in 1924. The oldest of five, he was orphaned at the age of 14; both of his parents died within six months of each other. He and his siblings were split up and sent to live in different homes. From that time on, he was essentially on his own. Al enlisted in the Army and served in World War I. Upon his return, he took classes at the Bentley School of Accounting and Finance. He worked in Chicago for a year, then came back to Boston to be with his wife. They settled in Roslindale where they raised their family. My mother, Anne Tuleja Swanson, is his daughter. He worked as an accountant for several companies before finding his final and longest-running job for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the Unemployment Compensation division located in Boston. Al's Bentley education set him apart, enabling him to become an accountant and provide for his family. With his encouragement and support, all three of his children attended college. When I accepted a position in the Marketing and Communications department at Bentley, I thought I would stay here for two years, and then move on. Now, 12 years later, I’ve come to love this institution, the campus and its people. I have also been very fortunate to have both of my children, Callie '14 and Daniel '18 attend Bentley. My mother always says how proud my grandfather would have been to see how Bentley has grown to the prestigious university it is today and that two of his great-grandchildren attended his alma mater. I am thrilled to be a part of the upcoming Centennial celebrations.


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