Marist Valentines: Christine and Jeff, Class of ’85

By Christine (Dempsey) Kiely, Class of ‘85

I went to Marist College to get a good liberal arts education and to learn about journalism. I ended up with those things and more –- I also got a husband.

Jeff Kiely,’ 84, and I met his junior year, when I was a sophomore. I was an English major and he was a Business Administration major. We got to know each other through The Circle, where he was a photo editor and I was an editor. He taught me how to develop film and always delivered his pictures on time so we could lay them out in the newspaper. (This was in the pre-digital era when we used smelly chemicals to develop film and created The Circle by literally cutting and pasting pieces of paper.)

I knew Jeff was a good guy when I saw his reaction to the fact that I had forgotten to introduce him at The Circle awards dinner in the spring of ’83. He had none. “It was no problem”, he said.

That was more than 30 years ago, and Jeff and I have weathered much tougher storms. But we also have marked many happy occasions, including our wedding in ’91, our cross country trip in ’93, the construction of our house near Hartford, Conn. in ’94 and the births of our daughters, Jen and Melissa, in ’96 and ’98. Melissa is an accepted student at Marist!

Jeff and I are putting our Marist educations to good use: I’m a breaking news reporter for the state’s biggest newspaper and Jeff works as an auto damage adjuster.

As we approach our 25th wedding anniversary this year, we will be thinking about where it all began –- Marist College.

Jeff's 50th Birthday

Jeff’s 50th Birthday

Thank you to Christine and Jeff for sharing their sweet story with us!

Check out Marist Valentines photo album.

Submit your own photos here.


P.S. Don’t be shy, please leave a comment below. 🙂

3 thoughts on “Marist Valentines: Christine and Jeff, Class of ’85

  1. Christine and I have been friends for over 30 years having met our freshmen year. We were in each other’s weddings and continue to see each other several times a year with our Marist crew! She is one of the funniest people I have ever met! Did I mention a dynamite reporter and a loving wife and mother? So blessed to have her in my life.

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