This Day In Norwood History-December 13

NEW REGISTRAR OF MOTOR VEHICLES AND FAMILY— of Norwood and wife pose with daughters, Maureen G. Riley, 20, left, and Mrs. .

Riley to Take Oath at Ill Mother’s Bedside


Fri, Dec 13, 1957 – The Boston Globe (Boston, Massachusetts)

In an unusual ceremony, Clement A. Riley will take his oath today as at the bedside of his elderly mother in a Norwood nursing home.

Acting Gov. Robert F Murphy, with several members of the Executive Council will accompany Riley to the , where Mrs. , 77, is a patient.

There Riley will raise his right hand and repeat the oath given by Murphy, with his mother as the principal witness.

The nursing home is just around the corner from 132 Berwick pl. where the new registrar lives with his wife, the former , and daughter, , 20. Another daughter, Mrs. Barbara Catalano, 23, also lives in Norwood.

“My being appointed registrar means more to my mother than to anyone else and to witness the oath-taking ceremony will make her the happiest woman in the world,” Riley said.

Confirmation of Riley’s appointment by came yesterday on a 7-1 vote of the Executive Council. Sole dissenter was Councilor . (R-Newton).

Lauded By McDonough

There was no debate over confirmation. Councilor (D-Dorchester) in moving the nomination be approved, lauded Riley’s record in public service and predicted “he will be as great a registrar as Rudolph F. King.”

King has reached the compulsory retirement age of 70 and although the governor sought to continue him in office temporarily, the Council rejected the nomination. He held the post 13 years.

The term that Riley will fill out runs to 1961. The job pays $12,000.

One of Riley’s first acts as registrar will be to designate Deputy Registrar to sign all 1958 auto registration certificates until after Jan. 1. As registrar he has authority to empower a subordinate to perform such an act.

The reason for this action stems from the fact that there is in some quarters a doubt as to the legality of registrations for 1958 already distributed which bear the signature of King. Since King’s retirement, Devine has been signing the certificates as acting registrar.

It is felt at the registry that there is less chance of legal complications if Devine continues to sign the certificates until the first of the year.

A former state for six years, Riley has also been active in Norwood politics, where he served as a selectman. In both 1954 and 1956 he won the endorsement of the Democratic pre-primary convention for state treasurer, but lost the primary election to Treasurer of Canton.

A lifelong Democrat, Riley followed his late father as chairman of the , a post he still holds.

He is now safety engineer with the .

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