Remembering John Hennessey, Scholar, Teacher, and Tuck Dean

As dean, Hennessey helped shape the business school into the institution it is today.

Read the full story, published by the Tuck School of Business.

Members of the community fortunate enough to have known the school’s sixth dean, John W. Hennessey Jr., felt his loss keenly this week.

Hennessey, who died Jan. 11 at his home at the Wake Robin Continuing Care Community in Shelburne, Vt., at the age of 92, was an exceptional man whose leadership and integrity helped shape the institution the Tuck School of Business is today.

“There is simply no way to overstate John’s impact on our institution,” said Dean Matthew Slaughter in a message to the community. “John presided over one of the most consequential periods in Tuck’s history, transforming our community and campus and ushering in important changes that helped make Tuck the vibrant school it is today.”

Throughout a lifetime dedicated to higher education and public service, Hennessey embodied the traits and skills that Tuck has made its mission: imparting to those it educates a confident humility, empathy towards the diverse ideas and experiences of others, and judgment about when and how to take risks for the better.