Julien McCall ’42

St. Julien Lachicotte McCall, age 100, of Mountain Lake, Lake Wales, FL and Pawleys Island, SC, formerly of Cleveland, OH, passed away peacefully in Florida on August 17, 2021 with his three children by his bedside, Melissa McCall of Columbus, NC, Alison G. McCall of Lyme, CT and NYC, and Julien L. “Lash” McCall, Jr. of Lake Wales, FL.

Mr. McCall is also survived by three grandchildren, Blinn Cushman (Anna), Julia Curry (Bill), and Andrew Cushman (fiance, Jenny Vasquez) and four great grandchildren, Wick and Caroline Curry, and twins Julien and Alexandra Cushman.

He was predeceased by his loving wife of 56 years, Janet Jones McCall, in 2006. Mr. McCall also leaves behind his beloved Miniature Schnauzer, Schatzi, the last of a life long devotion to his precious dogs.

Born April 1, 1921 in Florence, SC to Julia Lachicotte McCall, who lived 102 years, and Arthur May McCall, Julien graduated from Florence High School, Davidson College in 1942, and Harvard Business School in 1947 and received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in 1983 from Davidson College. He served as a Captain in the US Army, Ammunitions, in North Africa and Italy (Monte Cassino and Anzio) from 1942 to 1946.

Mr. McCall spent his entire career in banking. In 1948, he joined First National Bank of New York and left its successor, First National City Bank (Citibank), as Senior Vice President, in 1971, and moved with his family from Darien, CT to Hunting Valley, OH where he joined National City Bank of Cleveland and retired in 1986 as Chairman and CEO of National City Corp., the holding company.

Mr. McCall served as a director at various times in his career of fifteen business corporations, including Progressive Corp., Brush Wellman Corp., Atlas Copco, and Acme Steel Co., as well as a trustee at The Ethel Walker School, Davidson College, and Case Western Reserve University. From 1985-87, he served as a member of the Federal Reserve Board’s Federal Advisory Council. FINANCE Magazine named him “Banker of the Year” in 1978. OHIO BUSINESS Magazine featured him as “Ohio’s Top Banker” in 1984.

On a civic level, he was a Trustee of United Way, Boy Scouts of America, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, St. Luke’s Hospital, Cleveland, and Chairman of Playhouse Square Foundation, the largest performing arts center in the United States after Lincoln Center in NYC. In 1980, he was given The Israel Humanities Award and Prime Minister’s Medal for assisting Israel in selling bonds in the USA.

He was born and raised a devout Christian in the Episcopal Church. One of his ancestors raised the money to build the old church, All Saint’s, Waccamaw, in Pawley’s Island, SC, where the funeral will be held at 11:00am on Thursday, August 26 with interment in the church cemetery.

There will first be a visitation on Monday, August 23 from 5-7pm at Marion Nelson Funeral Home in Lake Wales, FL and a second visitation on Wednesday, August 25 from 5-7pm at Mayer Funeral Home in Georgetown, SC. A larger memorial service will be held in March 2022 at his home in Mountain Lake, Lake Wales, FL.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to Mountain Lake Community Service, Inc. in his name would be so appreciated (PO Box 832, Lake Wales, FL 33859). Written and Submitted by his daughter, Alison G. McCall

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