Bristol Board of Ed honors two former members who died recently

Published on Thursday, 7 February 2019 19:57


BRISTOL - The Board of Education Wednesday held a moment of silence for two former members who recently died.

At the meeting, board Chairman Chris Wilson said he had just found out that Genard Dolan had passed away Feb. 4.

Wilson noted that Dolan served on the board from 2011 to 2015, and was its vice chairman from 2013 to 2015.

“We also recognize Beverly Bobroske, who served as a board member from 1983 to 1991 and then was reappointed in 1995 to 2001, and she was the board chair from 1998 to 2001. She is also a former CABE [Connecticut Association of Boards of Education] chairman of the board for two years, in 2000 and 2002,” Wilson added.

Dolan, known as “Jerry,” was 83 years old and a Bristol resident, according to his obituary.

He was born in New Britain, on Dec. 13, 1935, the son of Harold Dolan Sr. and Ema Jean Dolan. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1953 to 1956, graduated from Quinnipiac College in 1979, and worked in sales.

“He loved reading, writing editorials, politics, and The UConn Huskies,” read his obit.

He is survived by his wife Francine Dolan of Bristol and various family members. There will be a memorial service on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 11 a.m., at Grace Baptist Church, 736 King St.

Bobroske died Jan. 10, at age 84. She was the daughter of Emil and Martha Redman, attended local schools and worked at Redman Dairy, then as secretary at Connecticut Light and Power and General Motors.

She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Central Connecticut College and then taught in Plymouth, according to her obituary.

In 1983, she was first appointed by Mayor Michael Werner to the school board. In 1987, she became the first Bristol school board member elected as a director for CABE, which gave her to the Philip S. Fenster Distinguished Service Award in 2005.

Gov. Jodi Rell appointed Bobroske to the State Board of Education in 2005. She also received gubernatorial appointments to the Legislative Commission for School Transportation Safety and the Governor’s Commission for Education Administrator Professional Standards. She served as a voting delegate for the National School Board Association and received the NSBA Distinguished Service Award in 2009 for her lifelong service to education.

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Susan Corica can be reached at 860-973-1802 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Thursday, 7 February 2019 19:57. Updated: Thursday, 7 February 2019 20:00.