In Memoriam: John F. McGillicuddy

It is with sadness that I inform you of the passing of Council Co-Chairman of the Board, John F. McGillicuddy, at his home late Sunday evening following a long illness.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at Graham Funeral Home, 1036 Boston Post Road, Rye, New York – 2:00 – 9:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, January 8, 2009 at the Resurrection Church, 910 Boston Post Road, Rye, New York at 10:00 a.m.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts be made to Prostate Cancer Research, New York Presbyterian Hospital, 525 East 68th Street, P.O. Box 123, New York, NY 10065, Office of Development.

John was married to the former Constance Burtis and has five children: Michael Sean, Faith Burtis Benoit, Constance Erin Mills, Brian Munro and John Walsh, in addition to six grandchildren. Condolences may be sent to Mrs. Constance McGillicuddy at 23 Hilltop Place, Rye, New York 10580.

John was a great friend, leader and benefactor to the Greater New York Councils. He joined the Board of Directors as President in October 1993, a role that he fulfilled with dignity and success. In February 2008, he joined John C. Whitehead as Co-Chairman as Gary E. Wendlandt assumed the role of President.

During his tenure as President, membership grew dramatically, as did the Endowment Fund, Camping revenue and the operating budget. He gave leadership to a number of monumental accomplishments, including the completion of John E. Reeves Cub World at Alpine, New Jersey, significant facility expansions at Ten Mile River Scout Reservation and Camp Pouch, in addition to the formation of the Scoutreach division and our Cub Scout Day Camping program.

John was very involved in the recruitment of Board of Director members, special event honorees and chairmen. He also chaired the committee that selected the last two Scout Executives. John gave oversight to the more than $168 million raised in operating funds during his tenure as President, and his personal gifts place him among our most generous benefactors.

Professionally, he retired at the end of 1993 as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Chemical Banking Corporation and its flagship subsidiary, Chemical Bank. He had served 23 years as either president or chairman of a major money center banking institution, 15 of those years as chief executive officer.

All of us at the Greater New York Councils, Boy Scouts of America are saddened to learn of his passing, but are comforted to know that his presence will always be felt in the lives of those he touched as a leader of Scouting in New York City and in countless other organizations.

The following was a memorandum issued by the Scout Executive of Greater New York Councils. You can view the original memorandum in Word Document form.

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