John (Jack) C. McCormick, 1935–2005

Jack McCormick ’57. Jack died in 2005. He donated funds to update Moakley House and McCormick’s Grille at the Golf Course. The plaque at left was placed at the McCormick’s Grille at the golf course in his memory in August 2020.

Jack grew up in Binghamton and graduated from Cornell University in 1957. He joined Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, where he was called “Black Jack” (a term used to describe Irish people with dark hair and eyes thought to be descendants of shipwrecked Spanish Armada sailors of the mid-1500s). Jack played varsity golf. He was editor of The Cornellian yearbook, and a member of Aleph Samach and Quill & Dagger, the junior and senior men’s honorary societies espousing leadership, service, and character. He was elected president of Quill & Dagger.

Jack was commissioned in the US Navy Reserve, serving two years before earning an MBA from Columbia. He joined General Foods, leaving to become president and CEO of Swisher Cigar Company until his retirement. He returned to campus every year at Reunion and/or Homecoming. Jack passed away in 2005, leaving a bequest to modernize Moakley House and McCormick’s Grille.