RIDGEWOOD — John Luongo, 79, died on July 18.
In 1952, he graduated from James Madison High School in Brooklyn, N.Y. He subsequently attended the Baruch School at City College of New York, graduating in 1956 with a degree in Economics. He joined Chemical Bank in 1959 and pursued his MBA in the evenings at New York University. He graduated from NYU's Stern School of Business with a degree in Finance in 1963. That same year he was admitted to Chemical Bank's prestigious training program. In 1970, he was chosen by the bank's senior management to attend Harvard Business School's Program for Management Development. He graduated from that program in December of 1970 and was awarded a PMD Degree from Harvard University.
He was with Chemical Bank for 22 years. He left in 1980 to join Hasbro Industries as Chief Financial Officer, where he was instrumental in leading Hasbro's corporate restructuring. In 1984, he was asked to join the Central National Bank of New York to facilitate that bank's restructuring, and was subsequently made President. In 1987 he joined Anchor Savings Bank as chairman of their New Jersey division, and was an instrumental participant in the merger of Anchor and the Dime Savings Bank of New York. Post-merger, he led Dime's new management team and initiated their strategic expansion throughout New Jersey.
Following a short retirement in 1999, he joined Tatum CFO as a Managing Partner, where he built the company to a 40 partner firm in New York.
He had a distinguished career and stellar reputation not only as a banker and CFO, but also as a leader and community volunteer. His most notable contribution was as chairman of the National Conference, where he successfully directed the organization's growth over a period of 18 years, from a New York-focused charity, to a national organization with a core mission to fight bias, bigotry, and racism in America.
He was a devoted family man, little league coach, and with his family, a member of the Ridgewood County Club and the Indian Trail Club. He was an avid tennis player, reader and devoted grandfather.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Mary (Falco); his son, Stephen and his wife Melissa of Nyack, N.Y.; his daughter, Elizabeth and her husband Greg Osborn of Ridgewood; his grandchildren: Alexandra, Christian, Dahlia, Portia, and Zachary; his two sisters, Rosemarie Moccaldi of Phoenix, Ariz., and Anne Ciaburi of Edison; his brother and sister-in-law, Frank and Carmella Sabatino of Ridgewood, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will take place on July 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at C.C. Van Emburgh Funeral Home in Ridgewood.
A Funeral Mass will be held July 23 at 10:45 a.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Ridgewood, with burial to follow at Maryrest Cemetery in Mahwah.
Memorial donations may be made to The Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Research 1111 Stewart Avenue, Bethpage, New York 11714, or at lustgarten.org.
C. C. Van Emburgh - Ridgewood
306 E Ridgewood Ave Ridgewood, NJ 07450
Published in The Ridgewood News on July 21, 2014