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Athletic Hall of Fame

John Burgess

John Burgess


At Rochester:

  • Lettered for 3 years with the golf team, 2 years with the varsity basketball team, and played 1 season with freshman basketball
  • An active participant in intramural sports and a member of Theta Chi
  • Came to the University from Gouverneur Central School where he was active in sports, band, and student government
  • He earned All-Section X honors for basketball in 1954
  • Member of the National Honor Society
  • Graduated from the University in 1959 with a bachelor's degree in business in 1959


  • Served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1959 to 1965
  • Began a 30-year business career with Kinney Drugs, Inc. in Gouverneur, a retail drug store chain in Northern New York and Vermont with 61 stores
  • Rose through the ranks from Office Manager to Treasurer, Vice President, Senior Vice President of Finance, President, and Chief Executive Officer
  • Member of the E.J. Noble Hospital Board for 17 years, two years as chairman
  • Member of the North Country Hospital Board for 3 years
  • Member of St. James Catholic Church, serving as a lay minister and lector, school guild president, church trustee, and basketball coach for grades 7 and 8
  • Member of Gouverneur Country Club, serving in several offices, including president
  • Member of Gouverneur Luncheon Club, a service organization, including a 2-year term as president and member of the St. Lawrence economic advisory council
  • Member Board of Directors of Kinney Drugs, Inc. and Community Bank, Inc.