Vale John McLenaghan

John McLenaghan

John McLenaghan

The alumni community has been saddened by the passing of former president of the Alumni Council, John McLenaghan (BEc ’59) in April, after a short illness. John was president of the Alumni Council in 2012 and deputy president from 2008–11.

John worked with the International Monetary Fund in Washington for more than 30 years, during which time he became involved in the Sydney University Graduates Union North America (SUGUNA). When he returned to Sydney with his wife in 2004, he was asked to represent SUGUNA back home. In 2006 John was appointed to the Alumni Council as a Vice-Chancellor’s nominee, after which he became deputy president.

Current president of the Alumni Council, Annie Corlett, paid tribute to John: “I will miss his wise counsel.” Barry Catchlove, another former president of the council and now Patron of the 1850 Society, said: “I was personally delighted when John agreed to become the Alumni Council President succeeding David Turner. He was a thoughtful and diligent president.”

Barry is working with the University to establish a fellowship in honour of John and his contributions. Anyone wishing to make a gift in memory of John can call the University Gift Hotline on 02 8627 8818.