John “Jack” Scarry ’52 grew up on the east side of Manhattan along with his brother Bill ’59 and his sisters, Maureen and Kathleen. At La Salle, Jack was a star athlete. He won numerous medals, placing in the top three at events including the Eastern Cross-Country Championships, NYU Interscholastic games, Bronx-Manhattan-Westchester games, and the Interscholastic Cross-Country Championships at Fordham. He was part of the relay team that set the CHSAA record for the 4×100 at Van Cortlandt Park and competed at the Millrose Games.
After La Salle, Jack enlisted in the U.S. Army and was selected for the 82nd Airborne division. Upon leaving the army, he attended St. John’s University on the GI Bill. Working multiple jobs and finishing St. John’s in 3.5 years, he graduated with a degree in Industrial Labor Relations, and was acknowledged as the top student in that major.
Upon graduation, Jack was accepted into the highly competitive IBM sales training program. He had a long and successful career in computer sales management, continuing with Honeywell, GE and NCR Comten, and culminated with him running his own sales company.
Jack often credited his solid foundation to his formative years at La Salle and made sure to support La Salle throughout his life, whether it be through donations or his time. After his sister, Kathleen, passed away, he established an endowed scholarship in her memory at La Salle Academy. Besides his family and friends, the Yankees and the stock market, one of his greatest passions was making sure the young men who followed after him at La Salle were able to continue with their education.
Jack passed away on March 22, 2022, but he knew about this great honor and was excited and grateful to be recognized with his brother by his alma mater. Jack was married to his wonderful wife, Linda, for 38 years until she died in 2010. He is survived by his loving family, daughters Elizabeth Batenhorst (Chris), Jane Petrucci (Vin) and Sarah Scarry, and son John Scarry, along with his two granddaughters whom he adored, Maggie and Sarah Batenhorst, his siblings, Bill Scarry and Maureen Feltman, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
La Salle Academy is thrilled to posthumously honor John “Jack” Scarry ’52 with The Legacy Award this year, as his kindness and generosity toward La Salle has existed for many years.