SLS Remembered by Thoughtful Alum

John Richards Tweedy
Class of 1949
(B. 1929, D. May 13, 2010)

The St. Luke’s community is extremely grateful to John Richards Tweedy ’49 for including us in his will.  We can be proud to call this generous and accomplished man one of our own.

John was born to Edmund and Janet Tweedy in New York City in 1929. He attended St. Luke’s in the late 1940s and served on Student Council, the Dance Committee and on the staff of the Caduceus.  He was the 1949 St. Luke’s Senior Class Vice President and went on to receive his BS ‘60 and MBA ’62 from Columbia University.  John was a Captain in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. (cont'd)
During his impressive career in business he served as President at Boger Brothers, Lloyd Home & Building Center in Danbury, CT, Swisher International and Tweedy & Barnes Cranberry Growers.  John retired in 1993 as Senior Vice President for American Maize Products, Co., a Fortune 500 Company where earlier he had been president of two of its operating divisions.

John credited SLS for providing the foundation for further success in college and business. He sponsored a hole at the alumni golf outing, dedicated to the memory of Dr. Kidd, who he credited for instilling a love of literature in him.
In 1995 Mr. Tweedy wrote to Headmaster Richard Whitcomb about his recent retirement.  He wrote, “ I continue to read Shakespeare which would make Dr. Kidd very surprised and happy and I often reflect on how much my years at St. Luke’s have enriched my life right up to and including today.”

John made his first gift to St. Luke’s in the late 1970’s and continued to be a loyal Annual Fund donor throughout his life.  Upon his death John left 15% of his estate to St. Luke’s School.  Other beneficiaries included PETA, the North Shore Animal League and Richards Memorial Library.

At the time of his death he was survived by his sister, Bonnie Tweedy of Darien; a nephew, Edmund R. Tweedy Flanigan and his wife, Cindy, of Boulder, CO, and a sister-in-law, Joan Barnewall Skinner of Denver, CO.

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