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Remembering John Hoyt Stookey

By Darryl Gangloff / February 8, 2021 / News & Announcements
Remembering John Hoyt Stookey

We mourn the death of alumni board member John Hoyt Stookey, a community leader who ensured a strong future for Berkshire Taconic with the generous gift of our Sheffield office.

John sat on Berkshire Taconic’s board from 2007 to 2013, and he maintained his connection to the foundation as a member of our Audit Committee until his passing. Staff remember John for his clear vision, strong business acumen and thoughtful words of encouragement.    

“John was a remarkable leader and will be missed by many,” BTCF President Peter Taylor said. “His spirit surrounds me in the Berkshire Taconic office. One of his many philanthropic contributions was making it possible for the foundation to acquire this space from Landmark Volunteers, an organization that was result of his tireless devotion to create educational opportunities for young people. I use his old desk, and the work of the foundation is carried out around a beautiful conference table that John presided over for many years in his corporate and nonprofit leadership roles. I am amazed by all he accomplished and am inspired by the grace, sense of service and humility that motivated him to do so many important things in his life." 

John was the former chairman of Quantum Chemical and Suburban Propane, and he channeled his passion for arts, education and the Berkshires into nonprofit leadership and service. “Without ever having planned it, I ended up over a lifetime on over 60 boards,” John said with a smile last year. “The cause has to be interesting.”

He was the founder of Berkshire Choral International, which is dedicated to enhancing the skills of choral singers; Per Scholas, which has helped over 12,000 young graduates launch successful careers in technology; and Landmark Volunteers, which connected students to learning opportunities around the world. He was also a founding board member of the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center and Berkshire South Regional Community Center.

While discussing his nonprofit service last year, John said he enjoyed working with staff and colleagues at numerous organizations to strengthen our communities. “The association with the people, and their talent and wisdom, means so much to me. It’s fun to come together to solve problems.”

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