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Friends, family and colleagues are mourning the loss of former ALSAC CEO Richard C. Shadyac Sr., who served from 1992 to 2005. He died September 16, 2009 after battling a long-term illness.

Shadyac left an indelible mark on ALSAC during his tenure as CEO, helping to shepherd the fundraising organization through the death of St. Jude founder Danny Thomas and presiding over a four-fold increase in fundraising to support the growing needs of St. Jude.

David L. McKee, ALSAC’s chief operating officer, served with Shadyac throughout his tenure. “Mr. Shadyac always said that being CEO of ALSAC wasn’t a job. It was a love affair,” McKee said. “We will always remember his devotion, his commitment and his love for the children of St. Jude. He motivated his staff to achieve their best through his own dedication, and he invested his all into raising the funds that St. Jude needed to continue its lifesaving work.”

Shadyac, a former attorney, joined the ALSAC/St. Jude Boards of Directors and Governors in 1963 and acted as general counsel for ALSAC. He served as chairman of the ALSAC Board of Directors in the 1960s and 1970s and as the chairman of the St. Jude Board of Governors in the 1980s. In 1992, he was appointed CEO of ALSAC following the retirement of Baddia J. Rashid. He retired in 2005, but continued to serve as a member of the Board.

Camille Sarrouf Jr., chairman of the ALSAC Board of Directors, said the Board has been forever shaped by his leadership and indebted to his service. “The Board of Directors feels a great loss today. We have lost one of the legends of our organization and arguably the most tireless advocate of our cause since Danny Thomas and Mike Tamer, the first CEO of ALSAC, launched this remarkable institution.”

Joseph G. Shaker, who served as chairman of the ALSAC Board of Directors during Shadyac’s tenure as CEO, offered praise by comparing Shadyac to St. Jude founder Danny Thomas, saying “When you say Danny Thomas, the next words you say are Dick Shadyac. You can’t get any closer to living the legend of Danny Thomas than through Dick Shadyac. The entire St. Jude family is going to miss him greatly.”

Shadyac was a close friend and confidant of founder Danny Thomas, and he played a critical role in ensuring the stability of ALSAC and St. Jude after Danny’s death, which occurred shortly before he became CEO. The loss of the organization’s most visible fundraiser and champion meant Shadyac had to find a new voice to tell the St. Jude story. Shadyac found his answer in the children and families of St. Jude, and their stories have helped spread the mission of the hospital to donors and supporters across the country ever since.

Dr. William E. Evans, director and CEO of St. Jude, said Shadyac always did what it took to support the mission of St. Jude. “As a Board member and then as ALSAC CEO, Dick Shadyac was always there for us, doing whatever was necessary to ensure we had the resources to provide unsurpassed patient care and world-class research for children with catastrophic diseases. He never lost his drive or his focus--it was always on the children.”

Shadyac was known as a father figure to the patients and families of St. Jude, and upon his retirement in 2005, he spoke of his legacy and the patients who were always in his heart, saying “I hope that people think I did a good job. I hope that they feel that I gave it my best. And I want them to remember how much I love the children.”

Marlo Thomas, national outreach director of St. Jude and daughter of founder Danny Thomas, called Shadyac one of the great leaders in the organization’s history. “Dick Shadyac was a tireless champion of our mission and every child and their parents who walked through the doors of St. Jude. We are not just losing a great man, we are losing a patriarch of our St Jude family who played a critical role in the history of St. Jude and ALSAC. He is with my dear father now. I hope we make them proud as we follow the path they have set for us.”

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Julie Butler
Tue, Sep 22, 2009
"Mr. Shadyac" is one of the greatest men I will ever know. He was a leader who CARED about everyone involved in the mission of St. Jude - patients, families, doctors, nurses, janitors, fund raisers, volunteers, donors. He welcomed us all into "his" family of St. Jude...and he treated us all like family. His guidance, encouragement, trust and leadership were the guiding forces for so many of us who call ourselves "lifers" at ALSAC. The world has lost an incredible man, but we have gained an angel to keep guiding us in the direction of helping others and giving hope to sick children. God bless you, Mr. Shadyac!

J.M. Haggar, Jr.
Tue, Sep 22, 2009
Dick Shadyac was truly a remarkable man. His leadership, inspiration and drive will be sorely missed. He was a patriarch of the St. Jude mission and having known him for many years as a board member of St. Jude, I can truly say he had a love affair with St. Jude and the children. His number one thought was always "How can we find a way to help these kids?" He will certainly be missed, but his wisdom, inspiration and energy will always remain with ALSAC and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

ESA California State Council - Chaplain
Mon, Sep 21, 2009
Members of ESA California will miss Mr. Shadyac. It was a privilege and gift to have known Mr. Shadyac and share in his love for St. Jude's. He will be missed by many, but his legacy will continue for years to come.

Martha Escobedo
Mon, Sep 21, 2009
We are sorry to hear of the death of Mr. Shadyac. Epsilon Sigma Alpha-Mid Valley Regional Council of California are thinking and praying for you.

Dore' Charbonneau
Mon, Sep 21, 2009
It has been an incredible privilege to know the great Dick Shadyac and his wonderful family.
May God bless and comfort each of you.

Keith Maples
Mon, Sep 21, 2009
Mr. Shadyac you made a positve impression on everyone you met. You have been and always will be remembered as a wonderful individual who cared more about others than yourself. Without your leadership we wouldn't be where we are today. Thank you for allowing me to work for the best organization around. You will be missed but never forgotten. God Bless you Mr. Shadyac!

Lisa Costello - ALSAC Employee
Mon, Sep 21, 2009
Mr. Shadyac has done so much to further ALSAC during his lifelong "love affair" with St. Jude. Thank you Mr. Shadyac for giving your life and soul to our organization for these beautiful kids! One of my dearest co-workers, a former patient considered you one of a kind. Thank you for the difference you made in her life times a-thousand!!

John Bedway
Mon, Sep 21, 2009
My prayers go out to the family and friends. Dick was a wonderful man and inspiration to many, but most importantly, he was a very nice man.

Rick and Kit Crump
Sun, Sep 20, 2009
Dick Shadyac, according to everything we know about him, was a man of sound judgment and impeccable taste. Marrying our cousin, Lynn, was another example of those attributes. We met him without any knowledge of his background, other than, "He's a lawyer and he works for St. Jude's." We discovered Dick to be a man of erudition, a tireless curiosity about so many things, a joy in living and a consuming passion for service to something greater, nobler. Over the years, we were privileged to hear many stories from this wonderfully modest man. We also saw his love for Lynn, his family, friends and the children of St. Jude's. He was an excellent role model for us and many others. Dick Shadyac did indeed serve a higher calling. We are confident that God has said to him, "Welcome home, Dick, My good and faithful servant."

Marilena Greig
Sun, Sep 20, 2009
Mr. Shadyac was an incredible human being who worked tirelessly to keep Danny Thomas's dream alive. It is a very sad day for the St. Jude's family. However, I know Mr. Shadyac is in good hands with Danny and St. Jude in heaven, forever smiling down at us. My deepest condolences to the Shadyac family.

Cheryl A Rodriguez
Sun, Sep 20, 2009
I did not have the pleasure of meeting Mr Shadyac but I heard wonderful things about him. May God Bless those he left behind and give them smiles knowing they will see him again.

Barbara Hood
Sun, Sep 20, 2009
My prayers go out to the family and friends, all of his families. His love affair with St. Jude made him part of a world of families, and I am truly honored to have been part of the St. Jude family. He is an example of giving your all to help others.

Robert Spence
Sat, Sep 19, 2009
Mr. Shadyac's contributions to ALSAC, St. Jude and this community will be forever remembered. His tireless work on behalf of children serves as a steriling example for all of us.

Charles,Kathy,Anthony, Karla,Tanya and Paul Feghali
Sat, Sep 19, 2009
When we arrived in the Washington DC area over twenty years ago, one of the first people to reach out to us was Dick. Throughout the years, our affection and admiration for this kind man grew. By example, he showed us what is important in life; to give is better than to receive. We love him dearly and will miss his smiling face. Dick will always be in our prayers.

Elizabeth Owens-St Jude Employee
Sat, Sep 19, 2009
Mr. Shadyac inspires us to try harder, love better and to never lose sight of the dream. The St Jude family has lost a champion

Sue Lyon
Sat, Sep 19, 2009
Mr. Shadyac had a true gift for expressing love, and a driven passion to help the children of St. Jude. I'm grateful for the time he took out of his busy schedule, to comfort families... in both the father and grandfather role. His down-to-earth caring personality,his kindness and warmth, will forever be in our hearts.

Rita Mrad
Fri, Sep 18, 2009
Richard Shadyac was my godfather, to me he was Uncle Dick. He was also a tremendous example of love and devotion to the children of St. Jude. He was an inspiration to myself and others. He will truly be missed and will always be remembered.

Richard Howell
Fri, Sep 18, 2009
My prayers go out to him and his family...I know Jesus will welcome him in.

Phyllis Kevy, Pottsville, PA
Fri, Sep 18, 2009
To the Shadyac Family, Dick will be remembered in my prayers. He was a great humanitarinan. He surely will be missed.

Marilyn Aboussie
Fri, Sep 18, 2009
Dick Shadyac was a wonderful man, and a dear friend. His legacy will live on in the lives thousands of children who benefit from his mission with St. Jude. We will miss his energy, enthusiasm and ready smile. May God grant him eternal rest. Our prayers and go out to his family. Sincere sympathy, Marilyn Aboussie and Family

Randy Bubba Black
Fri, Sep 18, 2009
KATM Radio- Condolences Mr Shadyac was a class act and had a HUGE heart!

Mary Ellen Moltumyr (Carella)
Fri, Sep 18, 2009
Dear Rick, Ann, Coury and Tim - I just read about the loss of Mr. Shadyac and am so sad. What a lovely man! He will be missed. I was honored to get to know him.
My prayers and thoughts are with you.
Love,
Mary Ellen

Mike James - 97 Country WPCV Lakeland, FL
Fri, Sep 18, 2009
One of the major highlights of my visits to St.Jude for the Country Radiothon Seminar was listening to Mr. Shadyac talk to the children and their families at the "Special Guest" event each year.
He was a master at making everyone feel welcome and at ease, and I will miss him greatly. My thoughts and prayers are with the Shadyac family.

KELLI MARTIN
Fri, Sep 18, 2009
EVEN THROUGH HIS ILLNESS HIS SPIRIT WAS HIGH.
HE WAS ALWAYS THINKING ABOUT THE OTHER PERSON NOT HIMSELF
HE ALWAYS ENDED OUR PHONE CONVERSATION WITH I LOVE YOU.
HE WAS A MAN I AM VERY PROUD TO HAVE KNOWN.

Randa Fahmy Hudome
Fri, Sep 18, 2009
My sincerest condolences to the Shadyac Family on the lost of your beloved father. He was a true mentor and a great friend to all of us who were fortunate to know and work with him.

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