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In Memoriam: Mr. John McCormick St.M '57

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of long-time faculty member, Mr. John McCormick St.M '57. John, who was perhaps best known to those at 7100 Shore Road as the Director of the Senior Involvement Program at Xaverian, joined the Religion Department in 1978. Although he at first hoped to teach for 25 years and retire at the age of 65, Mr. McCormick found himself dedicating 35 years as a full-time teacher before retiring from teaching in 2014. After his “official” retirement, John continued his commitment to our school and its mission by devoting two days per week overseeing the Senior Involvement Program as well as assisting the Campus Ministry Department in the planning of retreats, liturgies, prayer services, and community service programs, until his health prevented him from continuing his commute to the school in 2018.
John graduated St. Michael’s in June 1957 as a proud member of the last class to graduate from the physical building on 43rd Street and 4th Avenue. Dedicating his life to creating a better world for those in it, John set out to work across New York City, creating programs for senior citizens in areas including Yorkville and Fort Greene. In 2014, John became the first Michaelman to receive the prestigious Spirit of Xaverian Award for this life-long dedication to service, both at 7100 Shore Road and the
Greater New York City area.
President Alesi remarked, “As a young teacher back in the ’80s, I remember John being this larger-than-life person whose smile and gentle nature immediately put you at ease. Throughout his 35 year teaching career, John was admired and respected by students and staff alike for his amazing gift of singing, and for his tireless efforts to ensure that our school’s mission of service to those in need was lived out by every student who walked these halls through his beloved Senior Involvement Program. Many people never realized, however, just how humble and generous John was in his philanthropic support of our school. When I became President, John would meet with me to make significant donations to the school with the condition that the gifts remained anonymous. John epitomized the Xaverian values of humility, compassion, and zeal. I have no doubt the angels and saints are welcoming John home with joyful music as he leads the heavenly choir in praise to our Lord. May you rest in peace my friend, and may your melodic voice remain forever in our hearts."
Together as a Xaverian community, we wish to extend our deepest sympathies to John and the entire McCormick family. His full obituary and memorial, along with online condolences and information about virtual services, can be found at


Established in 1957, Xaverian is one of thirteen schools nationwide sponsored by the Xaverian Brothers.