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John Thomas Ligget Jr. Obituary
John Thomas Ligget Jr., John Thomas (Tom) Ligget Jr., 88, a longtime bank executive and past president of the Merion Cricket Club died July 29 of complications at Waverly Heights in Gladwyne. He was a long time resident of Haverford and Villanova PA. Born in Bryn Mawr on May 11, 1926, Tom is survived by Nancy (nee Heston); sons John Thomas III (Tim) (Denise) of Chester Springs PA, and Craig H. (Jeannette) of Media, PA; and daughter Amy L. Terrill (Richard) of Vienna, VA. He was the grandfather of John Thomas IV (JT), Deirdre, Sarah, Lauren, Bryan, Kevin and Ian. He was the brother of the predeceased Halsey (Potts). Tom and Nancy celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary last September. He graduated from The Haverford School in 1944, and in 2009 he was inducted into Haverford's Athletic Hall of Fame as a member of the 1943 and 1944 Track and Field Teams when he ran the quarter and half mile events. He was also the placekicker on the varsity football team. The day after graduation he entered the US Navy and served in the Pacific theater as a gunner's mate, 3rd class. He later said, " I volunteered because I wanted to help defend our country. And I like to think I did help, with my small effort." He was awarded a Pacific Theater Ribbon, an American Theater Ribbon, and a Victory Medal. After returning from the war in 1946, he graduated from Yale University in 1950 as a member of Saybrook College. The same year he began his career at The Philadelphia National Bank. Tom was the head of the bank's first Personal Trust Department and also headed the International Banking Division. He retired as senior vice-president of Corestates Bank in 1987. He was a member of the Railroad Treasurers Association. He attended the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania from 1950 to 1952. Among his many contributions to the community, Tom was an active member of the Merion Cricket Club for 81 years where he served as Treasurer, Vice-President (1979-1984) and President (1985-1988). He held a permanent seat on the Merion Cricket's Board of Directors. He was an avid golfer and served the Merion Golf Club on the Finance Committee (1993-2002), The Board of Governors (1993-1995), First Vice-President (1995-1999) and Chairman of the Centennial Committee (1995-1997). Tom was an Elder and Deacon at the Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church. He was an active member of the Philadelphia Rotary Club and a member of the Union League of Philadelphia. A celebration of Tom's life will be held at The Chapel, Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, 625 Montgomery Avenue Bryn Mawr, PA on August 8th at 11 am. A reception will follow in Congregational Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to The Haverford School, 450 Lancaster Avenue, Haverford, PA 19041. Stuard FH- Ardmore
Published in Main Line Media News on Aug. 10, 2014
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