D. John Heyman

  • "A true gentleman...always a smile, always a delight to be..."
  • "Sending you love and blessings on your journey dear John..."
    - Brenda Ostendorf
  • "When you were around John he had a way of making you a..."
    - Anton Grosz

1922 - 2018
D. John Heyman, foundation executive born NYC Sept. 4, 1922, son of David Melville and Ruth (Stein) Heyman, died at home in Middlesex, Vermont July 1st. Mr. Heyman was a lifelong human rights activist, philanthropist and social worker. As President and Vice Chairman of the New York Foundation, he directed its focus to support of the Civil Rights Movement in the South in the 1960s and 1970s. His early leadership inspired other more established foundations to follow and earned him recognition as a pioneer in social justice philanthropy. Mr. Heyman served as Chairman of the National Committee Against Discrimination in Housing; Member, New York City Board of Correction; Board Treasurer, ACLU and the Mississippi CLU; Vice Chair, National Scholarship Fund for Negro Students; Vice Chair, Health Insurance Plan of Greater NY; President, Career Center for Social Service, New York City; Executive Committee, American Korean Foundation; Executive Officer, New York City Rent and Rehabilitation Administration; Vice President, International Psychiatric Research Fund; Vice President, International Committee Against Mental Illness; and President of the Heyman Family Fund. Mr. Heyman served as Treasurer of the Board of Trustees of his beloved Tougaloo College for over 50 years. Decorated Commander Order Toussaint-Louverture, Haiti, for his work building the first mental hospital in Haiti. During WWII he served in the 387th Infantry Regiment in Europe and Japan. BA, Columbia College, 1947. He was a spiritual man whose love of peace and nature inspired us all. Survived by his devoted children, Stephen Heyman, Lynne Sedransk, Jan Thouron, stepdaughter Arielle Saiber, seven loving grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and ex-wives Geraldine L. Heyman, Janne Patterson, and Julia Saiber Heyman. A memorial gathering will be held in Manhattan on September 30th at 2:00 pm at the apartment of John's brother Ken Heyman. Contributions may be made in John's name to endow a Civil Rights Chair at Tougaloo: www.tougaloo.edu/give-today/civil-r
Published on NYTimes.com from July 14 to July 15, 2018
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