Wynne, John B.
Atty. John Wynne Sr., 82, resident of Greenwich, CT for 46 years, died peacefully at home on Thursday, November 15, 2012, with his family at his side. He was born on June 19, 1930 in Stamford, Ct to the late Edward Victor and Helen Collins Wynne. He graduated from St. Johns Parochial School in 1945 as class president with Honors in English. In 1948, he graduated from Stamford High School as president of the student council with honors in English. He received his undergraduate B.A. degree at Trinity College, Hartford, Ct, class of 1952 where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. Upon graduation he was given a commission to the United States Air Force as a Second Lieutenant serving in Japan and Korea. After his military service he attended New York University School of Law and received his degree of Juris Doctorate in June of 1957. He started off his career in Manhattan at the Federal Reserve Bank where he worked for 5 years and in 1963 joined the Chemical Bank as an assistant legal officer. He was named resident counsel in 1967, vice president and counsel in 1969, secretary and general counsel in 1972 and senior vice president in 1977. He attended Harvard Business School's Program for Management Development and served as president of his class. He was a member of the New York State Advisory Committee of the United States Commission on Civil Rights, the American Bar Association, Connecticut Bar Association, New York City Bar Association and the New York State Bar association. He lectured extensively on bank regulatory topics to various professional and academic groups throughout the United States.
He served as General Counsel and Corporate secretary for the Chemical Bank through the merger with Manufacturers Hanover Corporation. After the merger, he remained on as corporate secretary of the combined bank. Chemical Banking Corporation merged again on March 31, 1996 with the Chase Manhattan Corporation, where he remained Corporate Secretary until his retirement in May of 1996.
Throughout his life he believed in the power of volunteerism, serving first as president of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America in Washington D.C. for three years. He then went on to serve two (3 year) terms as the National Chairman for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, with the full support of the chairman of the bank, Walter V. Shipley. He travelled constantly to 40 states for speaking engagements, conferences and fund raisers. He was honored at the White House by President Ronald W. Reagan, and during the administration of George H.W. Bush, was honored by First Lady Barbara Bush for his philanthropic activities with both organizations. He was active locally in organizing the Greenwich Elementary Catholic School System and bussing for all non-public school children.
The great loves of his life after his family were his bloodhound "Chase", a retirement gift, his classical music collection, his season tickets to the Metropolitan Opera house and Carnegie Hall, and the New York Yankees. Family vacations with his wife and 5 children were world-wide.
He was predeceased by a sister Mary Wynne Hanrahan and brothers Edward Wynne and Thomas Wynne. John is survived by his wife, Sally of 55 years, his five children; John B. Wynne Jr. and wife Anemone of Greenwich, Stephen Damien Wynne of Greenwich, Lila Wynne of Mount Laurel, NJ., Jean Wynne Fulton of Old Greenwich, Tony Wynne and wife Kim of Riverside; and thirteen grandchildren: Marcia, Tony Jr., Melissa, Alex, April, Madeline, Laura, Jack, Ian, Rachel, Oliver, Hunter and Mary. He is also survived by two sisters Helen T. Wynne of Riverside, CT, and Julie Wynne Breunich of Stamford. CT, as well as 24 nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 12:00 noon at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 761 King Street and Comly Ave, Rye Brook, N.Y., followed by a reception at the Doral Arrowwood, 975 Anderson Hill Rd., Rye Brook, N.Y.
Arrangements by Craft Memorial Home, Inc. 40 Leicester St. Port Chester, NY 10573 (914) 939-0131
Published in StamfordAdvocate on Nov. 18, 2012