Generations of McCoys provide support for generations to come

Since 1962, the McCoy Memorial Gateway has welcomed visitors onto the Marietta College campus.

A tribute to John H. McCoy by his wife, Florence Buchanan McCoy (Class of 1910) and their five children, John G., Charles, Mary McCoy Mildren ’33, Jane and Dorothy, the archway symbolizes the tremendous support that the McCoy patriarch gave to Marietta.

As the campus mourns the recent death of John G. McCoy ’35, it’s a fitting time to look at how generations of this special family have positively impacted every aspect of Marietta College for countless generations to come.

John H. left the eighth grade to work at People’s Banking & Trust Company in Marietta. In 1922, after the president of the bank died, he took on that role, eventually becoming the president of City National Bank & Trust. In 1924 he began serving on Marietta’s Board of Trustees during the presidency of Edward Smith Parsons. He contributed funds and his leadership skills to the College until his death in 1958.

Two of their sons, John G. and Charles “Chuck” W., attended Marietta and were members of the Delta Upsilon fraternity. Both men received graduate degrees from Stanford University and John immediately followed in his father’s footsteps by joining the banking industry. While John G. served in the Navy during World War II, John H. suffered a heart attack. Chuck left the oil industry to help lead his father’s bank during his recuperation. After John H.’s death, John G. took the helm of City National, growing it to eventually become the banking powerhouse, Bank One. Chuck also operated his own bank, Premier Bancorp.

Despite these demanding jobs, the two brothers and their children never forgot Marietta College. John G. served as a trustee from 1966 until 1987. He also played a major role in the completion of the Sesquicentennial Anniversary Capital Campaign in the early 1980s. Chuck served as a trustee from 1981 until 1994 and was a charter member of the Athletics Founders Board. Both have been given honorary degrees from Marietta and were inducted into the Hall of Honor for their work to support the College.

John G. and his wife, Jeanne, established the McCoy Endowment for Teaching Excellence in 1993, and a few years later the McCoy Scholarship Program, which is awarded to an incoming freshman who is academically outstanding.

Chuck and his wife, Ruth, were also consistent with their support of Marietta. In addition to their financial backing of the College, he also made himself available for counsel whenever Marietta’s leadership needed him. In the 1990s, he contributed to the Chuck W. McCoy Athletics Facility, which contains the football locker room, offices for the coaching staff and a weight room.

But the support doesn’t stop with the children of John H. McCoy. His grandchildren have even stepped up the support of Marietta College. The children of John G.—John B. and Virginia—have continued his work. John B. served as president of Bank One and Virginia served on Marietta’s Board of Trustees. She is now an Emerita Trustee. Of Chuck and Ruth’s children—Melissa McCoy Waguespack, Charles Brent McCoy and Shelley McCoy Walker—Brent is currently serving on the Board.