John R. Hurley ’52

John R. Hurley ’52 died February 24, 2012, in Derry, N.H. He was born in Wakefield, Mass., on August 12, 1930, and graduated from Wakefield High School. He was a member of Delta Upsilon fraternity, and served to first lieutenant in the Marine Corps. He graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration in 1957. He went to work as director of business and legal affairs of the WGBH Educational Foundation, which ran Boston’s Public Broadcasting Stations, WGBH-TV and WGBH-FM, where he remained for 14 years. In 1971, he and his wife bought an inn in North Conway, N.H., and called it the Scottish Lion Inn. They eventually expanded the brand to include the Scottish Lion Import Shops and then the Scottish Lion mail order catalogs. As a board member of the North Conway Chamber of Commerce, he started the North Conway Art Festival, which he ran for four years. He was also on the board of the Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce. In 1990, he and his wife sold the inn but continued to run the shop and mail order business until retiring in 2005. He then served as a board member and the treasurer of the North Conway Public Library and Mountain Top Music Center. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Judy Merrill Hurley; a daughter, Shannon Kell Hurley; and a brother, James F. Hurley III.

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