James F. Leary
1930 - 2020
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LEARY, James F. Died 12/21/19 in Dallas, age 89. Jim was born in 1930 in Philadelphia, son of Cornelius J. Leary and Marie Leary(Canisius). Along with his older sister, Cornelia, they moved to New York, Providence, RI, and then settled in White Plains, NY in Westchester County. He graduated from White Plains High School in 1948 and then was in the Marines during the Korean War. After graduating from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in 1953, he worked for the Federal Government in Washington, DC before beginning his long career in banking and finance in New York City. He lived and raised his family with his wife, Joanna (Dahowski), first in White Plains and Peekskill, NY. They then settled for many years in Pleasantville, NY. Jim began his business career with Bankers Trust Company, and earned an MBA from New York University. After six years at Bankers Trust, he joined CIT Financial Corporation as Assistant Treasurer. After completing Harvard Business School's prestigious Advanced Management Program in 1967, he became manager of CIT's Equity and Capital Finance department and was then promoted to Senior Vice President and Head of CIT's National Bank of North America in 1971. In 1973 he joined Associates Corporation of North America as Treasurer and relocated to their new Dallas headquarters. Associates was one of the original corporations in the then new Las Colinas development. He was promoted to SVP and then Executive Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors. He was responsible for fundraising worldwide, predominantly in the US, Europe and Canada. A Civil War historian and a lifelong New York Yankees fan, Jim was an avid tennis player. He was a member of the Northwood Club in Dallas and the Harvard Club of both Dallas and New York. He was on the Board of SMU's Graduate School of Business and several public and private corporations, including the Texas American Bank, several Small Business Investment Corporations, Capstone Financial and Dallas-based Highland Capital Management and Homeowner's Corporation of America. He is survived by his wife Carol of Garland, TX, children Pam(Duncan Goldie-Morrison) and Neil(Tsion), grandchildren Noah and Quinn Leary, and stepson Michael Anderson. His daughter Beth Mosher and sister Cornelia Holbert predeceased him. Jim was a great father, and a kind and generous friend and mentor to many. To share a memory, visit legacy.com. A celebration of Jim's life will be held when possible.

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Published in Dallas Morning News from May 17 to May 18, 2020.
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May 21, 2020
Miss my dear old Dad(affectionate name, not reflection of age) so much. Because you were not only my father, but my best friend(apologies to my Duncan, but we knew each other even longer!).
Miss most talking to you, often many times a day...sharing stories and thoughts, and lots of laughing.
Love you, Dad.
Pam Goldie-Morrison
May 17, 2020
Jim, what a special guy...so many memories, happy and sad, some in between...Fair to say, I've never had a friend like you. RIP, Old Bud!
Richard Backus
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