Cushing, James E.,age 90, of Grantham, NH and Phoenix, AZ, passed away peacefully on June 17, 2011, following a long illness. James was a native of Schenectady, NY and predeceased by his parents James Cushing Sr. and Mary Beatrice (Sweeny) Cushing and sister, Mary Elizabeth (Cushing) Terry. He attended Albany Academy for Boys and Avon Old School for his secondary education and later graduated from Nicholas College in 1942. Mr. Cushing received an honorary degree from Siena College. He served in the United States Army as a bridge engineer during WWII. James was president and CEO of the Cushing Stone Company in Schenectady and a co-owner of Cady Company in Amsterdam, NY. He served on the boards of Sunnyview Rehabilitation Center and St Clare's Hospital in Schenectady. James was a member of the board of trustees of Siena College and in 2008 was named trustee emeritus of the college. He was on the board of the Williamstown Theater and received a Tony Award as a producer of the play Side Man in 1999. He was a benefactor of the Arts, Education and Medicine including Cushing Center at St. Claire's Hospital, Cushing Village at Siena College, Cushing Library in Schoharie, NY, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Guardian in the Circle of Distinction at Scottsdale Healthcare Foundation. James was married to actress, Maureen O'Sullivan in 1983 until she passed away in 1998. On the Cushing side he is survived by Cynthia Terry and her husband, Claude Amerson, Willard and his wife, Holly Terry, and James Terry and his cousin, Peter Cushing. On the O'Sullivan side he is survived by Mia Farrow, Susan Farrow (wife of the late Patrick Farrow), John Farrow, Prudence Farrow Bruns, Stephanie Farrow Soghoian, and Theresa (Tisa) Farrow. He leaves behind numerous cherished grand and great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the James E. and Maureen O'Sullivan Cushing Scholarship at Siena College in Loudonville, New York. Services were held at Siena College, St Mary of the Angels Chapel, on June 27, 2011 at 11:00. Messinger Indian School Mortuary assisted the family locally.
Published in The Arizona Republic on June 29, 2011.
Cushing built his wealth as owner of the Cushing Stone Co., which was purchased and headquartered in the former Hough Hotel in downtown Schenectady by his father, James E. Cushing Sr. His generosity with his wealth to causes such as medicine and education are still evident today. His name was memorialized on a wing — the Cushing Center — at the former St. Clare's Hospital in Schenectady, now the Ellis Health Center. His donations are responsible for more than 200 physicians who graduated from the hospital's Family Medicine Residency Program, its director, Dr. Gary Dunkerley, said Friday. "Without his support, we really wouldn't have been able to build the state-of-the-art family medicine center that we have now," Dunkerley said. "His legacy is those 250 graduates of our program that he helped support. "Cushing, who lived part time on Union Street in Niskayuna and also in Arizona, would always bring his wife to doctor's appointments, Dunkerley said. "He was just so caring of her," he said. Dunkerley said O'Sullivan's son, Matthew Farrow, was an artist with a studio in New Hampshire, and Cushing, who was involved in the arts, met O'Sullivan there. Cushing was the first person chosen to serve on the Siena College Board of Trustees by the Rev. Hugh Hines, who served
as president of the college from 1976-89. His name is now part of the largest endowed scholarship at the college — the Maureen O'Sullivan Cushing Scholarship. "He raised the children of his sister and brother-in-law, who died young, Hines said, preparing him for when he married O'Sullivan and took on the role of parent in that family. Hines, who officiated Cushing and O'Sullivan's wedding and later O'Sullivan's funeral, said it will be an honor for him to conduct Cushing's funeral.
"[O'Sullivan] said `He's a great planner, he even has our funerals planned,' " Hines said, and "He had a good long life, and he enjoyed life, too. He was watching movies right up to the end."
Excerpts from an article published in The Daily Gazette on June 25,2011.
1911–1998 (m. 1983)
Mary Elizabeth Cushing Terry
Sponsored by Ancestry