Hospital: Fallen climber’s condition upgraded to fair

The condition of a New Hampshire ice climber who fell in Crawford Notch State Park in Hart’s Location has been upgraded to fair.

The Department of Fish and Game says 55-year-old Eric Scoville was listed in critical condition after he was transferred to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon following the Saturday afternoon fall.

Officials say Scoville, of New Boston, fell about 70 feet while climbing alone and unsecured by rope at Frankenstein Cliffs.

Other climbers assessed Scoville’s injuries, called for emergency response and carried him in a litter about a half mile to a parking area where he was taken by ambulance to Memorial Hospital in North Conway. From there he was flown to Dartmouth Hitchcock.

On Monday, hospital officials told WMWV-FM that Scoville was in fair condition.


Irish ex-president to be college’s visiting scholar

Boston College says former Ireland president Mary McAleese will be a visiting scholar at the school in the fall.

McAleese, who was Irish president from 1997 until 2011, will serve as the Burns Library visiting scholar in Irish studies.

She will teach a course and give public lectures while doing research in the library’s Irish book and manuscript collection.

McAleese, the first Irish president to come from British-ruled Northern Ireland, is now studying for a doctoral degree in canon law in Rome.

She was the oldest of nine children in a Catholic family who lived in a Protestant neighborhood in north Belfast until violence forced them out in the 1970s.

As president in 2011, McAleese hosted a visit from Queen Elizabeth II, marking a British monarch’s first visit to the Irish Republic.


Million-dollar donation to fund RISD faculty post

The Rhode Island School of Design is celebrating a $1 million donation, the largest gift the fine arts school has ever received from an international donor.

The contribution announced Friday comes from a couple from Bangalore, India, whose daughter graduated from RISD last year. The money will create an endowed fund to support a visiting faculty position in the school’s painting department.

The school’s hope is to fill the position with artists and scholars from India or elsewhere who have a connection to Indian arts and culture.

The couple — Vikram and Geetanjali Kirloskar — decided to contribute the money to honor the impact of a faculty member who instructed their daughter, Manasi, according to RISD Provost Rosanne Somerson.


Mom charged in fatal crash allowed to attend viewing

A woman held on a motor vehicle homicide charge in the death of her 3-year-old son was granted permission to attend a private family viewing before his wake and funeral.

The Telegram & Gazette of Worcester reports that a judge granted a motion by 27-year-old Christina Castro’s lawyer that allowed her to attend the viewing Sunday at a church before a wake and funeral for 3-year-old Jayden Figueroa. The motion was granted Friday and impounded until Monday.

Castro has pleaded not guilty in connection with the March 11 crash that killed Jayden and injured her two other young sons. She is held at MCI Framingham in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Police said the boys weren’t properly restrained in the car, and that Castro may have been driving more than 70 miles per hour as she fled an earlier minor accident.