It is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing of NCAC Executive Board President John H. Graham IV. Mr. Graham has been an incredible leader of our Council and continued to serve Scouting despite his battle with cancer during the past 6 months. For those of us who were in a meeting with Mr. Graham last Thursday, it was clear how much impact this disease had on him physically…but he was still present, still committed, doing the work of Scouting and NCAC.
In his professional career Mr. Graham became the President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Society of Assoication (ASAE) in 2003. Before ASAE, he served the American Diabetes Association (ADA) in Alexandria, Virginia, for 24 years, the last thirteen as Chief Executive Officer. Prior to becoming CEO, Mr. Graham served the ADA in numerous capacities including Executive Director of the Greater Philadelphia Affiliate, National Director of Affiliate Development, Associate Executive Vice President for Operations and Deputy Executive Vice President. In his tenure as CEO, ADA quadrupled in size, from $50 million to $200 million in annual revenues and successfully moved from 53 independent, separately incorporated affiliate organizations to one nationwide organization with one staff, one budget and one plan.
Before joining the American Diabetes Association, Mr. Graham served as a professional in the Boy Scouts of America for nine years. In May of 2015, he was honored as the recipient of the Distinguished Eagle Scout award. Mr. Graham received a bachelor’s degree from Franklin & Marshall College and served on the Association Committee of 100, US Chamber of Commerce; Chairman of the Mobile Giving Foundation Board of Directors; and on the Board of Directors of the Lambda Chi Alpha Foundation.
The Graham family will hold a private service for John in Pennsylvania and a memorial service in Washington, DC, will follow. We will share information as we have it related to services for Mr.Graham. In the meantime, please keep his family in your prayers.