James E. Fuchs

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JAMES E. FUCHS, of New York City, previously of Greenwich, died on October 8, 2010. He was the son of the late Richard G. and Violet W. Fuchs, and was born in Chicago, Illinois on December 6, 1927. He was President of the Silver Shield Foundation and served as Chairman and Executive Director since its inception in 1982. The Foundation is an organization founded by George M. Steinbrenner, III and James E. Fuchs to give financial assistance towards the education and support of children and widows of Police Officers, Firefighters and State Troopers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, as well as New York/New Jersey Port Authority Police Officers and other law enforcement officers who are killed in the line of duty. Colonel Timothy F. Barry was the Commanding Officer of the Connecticut State Police from 2001 to 2004 and a loyal friend of James E. Fuchs. He serves on the Board of Advisors of the Silver Shield Foundation and now works as an executive in the insurance industry said of Jim, "Jim Fuchs was a man among men. He was an Olympic medalist and world record holder in the shot put. He was a husband, loving father of seven children, seven grandchildren successful businessman and a loyal friend to countless people he touched. Beyond his many accomplishments, he will along with his friend, George Steinbrenner will be fondly remembered for the way that they touched the lives of police officers and firefighters in the tri-state area. As a result of their efforts, hundreds of children of police officers and firefighters who died in the line of duty had their educational expenses paid by the Silver Shield Foundation they founded in 1982. It is said that a man dies when his reputation dies. Jim Fuchs' reputation will live forever in the heart and minds of his family as well as the families of the police officers and firefighters he helped over the decades. That work continues with the Silver Shield Foundation." Mr. Fuchs was President, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fuchs, Cuthrell & Co., Inc., a corporate executive outplacement, post-career planning and executive consulting firm from 1971 to 1994. His Company was the pioneer in this field. He also held executive positions with the National Broadcasting Company, Curtis Publishing Company, Culligan Communications, Inc., and Mutual Broadcasting Company. When President of Mutual Sports, Inc., he negotiated the exclusive rights to the Notre Dame Football games, which is still in effect. He was a 1950 Yale University graduate, a medalist in the 1948 and 1952 Olympics games, and a gold medalist in the shot put and discus in the first Pan American Games in 1951, where he was selected to carry the American Flag during the opening ceremonies. Mr. Fuchs was a former world record holder in the indoor and outdoor shot put, and is listed in the "Guinness Book of Track and Field Facts" for having won 88 consecutive shot put competitions - a record at the time and still second in history for male athletes. Mr. Fuchs is an inductee in the National Track and Field Hall of Fame, the New York Athletic Club Hall of Fame, and was an Olympic Torch bearer for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to his involvement in various associations, he continued his interest in sports and civic organizations. He was a member of the United States Olympic Overview Commission, the U.S. Information Agency's International Sports Committee, the Yale Athletic Advisory Board, the Board of Directors of the Madison Square Garden Boys and Girls Club, the President's Council on Physical Fitness, the Mayor's Committee for Youth for the City of New York, the National Art Museum of Sports, the U.S. Olympic Board of Directors, and the Sports, Science and Technology Committee. He was on the International Relations Committee of the USOC, and was on the Board of the New York City 2012 Olympic Bid Committee. Mr. Fuchs was a member of the Racquet and Tennis Club of New York, Deepdale Golf Club, and a former member of the Belle Haven Club in Greenwich, and the Apawamis Club in Rye. He is survived by his brother, Richard G. Fuchs, Jr. of California; his seven children, Bettina Barrington McCarthy, Barrington "Bingy" Fuchs Greenough, Holly Armstrong Fuchs, Victoria Fuchs Holland and Kimberley Corbin "K.C." Fuchs and their mother, Barrington King Fuchs; Nicholas and Slater Fuchs and their mother, Anne Sutherland Fuchs; his fianc�e, Mary St. George; and seven grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home, 1076 Madison Avenue, New York City on Friday, October 29, at 4:00 p.m. There will a private interment at Christ Church Greenwich on October 30th. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Silver Shield Foundation, 870 United Nations Plaza, 1st Floor, Suite #1, New York, NY 10017 or please visit www.silvershieldfoundation.org.
Published in GreenwichTime on Oct. 16, 2010
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