John Wheeler Church, Jr. ’54 died on April 17, 2006, in Westchester, Pennsylvania.
Born on November 25, 1932, in Painesville, Ohio, he prepared for college at Mt. Lebanon High School in Pittsburgh, PA, and Shadyside Academy, also in Pittsburgh, and became a member of Delta Upsilon Fraternity at Bowdoin. Following his graduation in 1954 he served in the U.S. Army for two years, attaining the rank of captain, and then became an account manager with the New York Trust Company. From 1961 to 1963 he was portfolio manager with Franklin Cole and Company in New York and then joined the Girard Bank in Philadelphia, PA, as a senior investment officer. In 1979 he joined the Glenmede Trust Company in Philadelphia, where he became vice president and chief investment officer. He was a member of the Philadelphia Bond Club and the Philadelphia Securities Association, served as president and a director of Financial Analysts of Philadelphia. He was also a member of the Merion Cricket Club, the Yacht Club of Stone Harbor, and Financial Analysts of Philadelphia. In 1980 he became chair of Bowdoin’s Planned Giving Program for the Class of l954. Surviving are his wife, Elizabeth Baker Church, whom he married in 1962; a daughter, Emelie; a son, John W. Clark III; two sisters; and a granddaughter.