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JOHN GILRAY, formally Chairman and CEO of IU International in Philadelphia, passed away peacefully at Chestnut Hill Hospital. Jack was born to Ruth and John Christy in Silver Creek, NY. He is survived by his wife Helen Jones Christy; his son Andrew Roesser Christy; his daughter Jennifer Christy MacNeill; his sisters Mary Lou Van Orman of Reading, PA. and Jean Mallery of Cobleskill, NY; five grandchildren, three step children and three step grandchildren.
Mr. Christy graduated from Dartmouth College. He went on to be a naval officer flying jets off of aircraft carriers. After receiving a Master's Degree from UC Berkley in South Asian Studies, Jack worked for the Development Loan Fund (AID) in India. He joined ITT in New York after leaving the government. Later Jack would move to Philadelphia, where he joined IU International. Upon leaving IU International, he founded Chestnut Capital Corp. Jack was a former Board member of Fidelity Bank, the Philadelphia Contributionship, the Philadel-phia Orchestra, and the Eisenhower Fellowship. If you wish to remember Jack please make a contribution to the charity of your choice.


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Published in Philadelphia Inquirer/Philadelphia Daily News on Jun. 19, 2011.
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June 22, 2011
I knew Jack as a Trustee of Eisenhower Fellowships when I was its President, and as a Trustee of the Foreign Policy Research Institute where I am a Senior Fellow. He was always considerate and hearty. I hope his writing on the Indian Diaspora will find its way into print.
Dorie Friend
June 22, 2011
We have lost a good friend and a great guy. Jack was our boss at I.U. during a period of transition to a very succesful company at Ryder Truck Lines. He and his subordinate, Earl Hockenga, managed us very successfully for many years. Jack had a great sense of humor that he shared with everyone. Easy Thompson.
Terrell (Easy) Thompson
June 19, 2011
Well, I've just returned to Chestnut Hill after almost 40 years away, only to find Jack passed away 4 days ago. Sad. He was a great guy. He used to have a triangular plaque on his desk reading in large black letters, DECIDE. What almost no one knew was on the base, scrawled in pen was the word, PROCRASTINATE!!! Lovely man. Will be missed.
David Bonner
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