The family at St. Francis College said so-long to June McGrisken. She is the experienced certified public accountant with an amazing ability to see the big picture and solve the small problems at the college for the past 15 years.
June decided to kick back and enjoy her home in Belle Harbor, in that borough just to the east of us, to spend more time with hubby Ron, her children, and grand kids.
The powers that be would not let June go quietly into the night, and held one whopping retirement party, where St. Francis president Timothy Houlihan presented her with the St. Clare Medal of Service.
Not to be outdone, John Tully, chairman of the board, announced that the college would name a classroom in her honor.
“You’ve been invaluable. You’re not simply an accountant,” said Tully. “You’ve been managing the finances of this place for so long, and so well, and to a great extent made our jobs easier.”
Kenneth Daly, class of ’88, and president of National Grid New York, announced the renaming of a major partnership between the energy company and the college “The June McGrisken National Grid Scholarship and Internship,” which will be awarded to a St. Francis accounting student who excels in the classroom.
June is a member of the first graduating class that included women after the school became co-ed, a member of the Duns Scotus Honor Society, and the first woman to receive the Alpha Kappa Psi award for the highest grade-point average in business.
June also has strong familial ties to the school — her husband, sister Elaine, and sons Ryan and Daniel are fellow grads.
Standing O says, “Good luck and enjoy!”
St. Francis College (180 Remsen St. at Court Street in Brooklyn Heights, www.sfc.edu).