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"50 People I Admire"
by Monsignor William J. Linder
(fourth in a series)

In my nearly 45 years here at the helm of New Community, I have met some most interesting and influential people. Many of these individuals are mentioned in a book I am currently working on about my life.

Special recognition will be given to all 50 at New Community's 45th Anniversary Gala taking place on March 9, 2013.


Adrian M. Foley,
Jr. Esq.,
Partner, Connell Foley

During his six-decade career as one of New Jersey's leading lawyers, Adrian M. Foley, Jr. has been lead counsel in major cases on both the civil and criminal side of litigation. He has been recognized as one of the leading trial lawyers of our state, spanning a spectrum of practices which include major civil as well as criminal cases, major plaintiff and defendant cases, and corporate and estate trials. He has tried numerous cases in the Appellate Courts, both State and Federal, and in the Supreme Court where he upheld the Constitutionality of New Jersey's first general tax, the Sales and Use Tax. In another New Jersey Supreme Court decision, he represented the State of New York in a dispute between New York and the State of New Jersey resulting in a judgment holding the New Jersey "commuter tax" to be unconstitutional. In a landmark decision, he succeeded in obtaining a Supreme Court judgment mandating a reversal of an election result that had deposed the mayor and the entire governing body of Atlantic City, New Jersey. This case was one of the first decisions in the country upholding the sanction provisions of the "Sunshine Law."

"Adrian Foley is a heavyweight. He was with New Community and Babyland during the early days, using his legal savvy to help us in whatever way we needed. He was very approachable, which made him a down-to-earth person and for a man of his accomplishments, that was so refreshing."

Monsignor William J. Linder


A. Zachary Yamba,
President Emeritus, Essex County College and
Member of the
New Community Board

During his undergraduate years at Seton Hall University, A. Zachary Yamba would often visit Queen of Angels parish in Newark, where Monsignor Linder was the parish priest. Over the years, the two have enjoyed a close friendship that extended throughout Yamba's long tenure as the president of Essex County College.

Yamba is credited with single-handedly rescuing Essex County College from closure when he took over in 1980. Under his leadership, the school increased enrollment to 12,000 students, the largest in history; With limited space, the college later added a new gym, science center, and parking deck; opened a branch campus in West Caldwell and became a pioneer in courses tailored to meet the training needs of local businesses. The college also runs other institutions--like the Essex County Police Academy and Training, Inc., a workforce development center.

After nearly three decades at the helm of the institution, Yamba retired on December 31, 2009. A visionary known for his keen intellect and humble, gentlemanly demeanor, Yamba is recognized as the longest serving college or university president in New Jersey and one of the longest serving academic chief executives in the nation.

"Zach is a really good friend and one of the most noble men I know. He has always been a voice of independence and integrity, just a caring human being with a genuine concern for the plight of the poor. He is extremely intelligent, friendly and just a pleasure to be around. Whenever world issues are discussed, expect Zach Yamba to be right there providing his keen insight. New Community is blessed to have Zach as a member of its board of directors."

Monsignor William J. Linder


Jack Futterman, former CEO, Supermarkets General, Inc. (Pathmark)
In 1973, Jack Futterman joined Supermarkets General Holdings, Inc, a grocery store chain and parent company to Pathmark Stores. Mr. Futterman is a registered pharmacist and started as vice president of Pathmark's Drugstore and General Merchandise Divisions and occupied a number of positions before becoming Chairman/Chief Executive Officer. Jack Futterman retired in March of 1996, but not before making his mark on the community in Newark, NJ.
One of New Community's most important economic ventures was joining with Pathmark Stores in 1990 to open the first supermarket built in Newark since the 1967 summer disorders. Jack Futterman, as CEO, headed the team that worked diligently to operate the supermarket in the Central Ward of Newark, making history as one of the first supermarkets in the area after the devastation of the disorders.

"Jack represented the retail side of the business and was very 'customer-driven' in his thinking. He took personal interest in the store and really elevated the operations by encouraging people to work hard and do well in their positions. He rightly chose an African American gentleman to manage the store and Jack made it his personal mission to mentor and work with him. What I remember about Jack is he wasn't all 'talk,' he was all 'action,' and a 'roll up your sleeves' kind of guy. I really appreciated his commitment to what we were trying to do in the Central Ward – bringing fresh produce and groceries to a neighborhood that so desperately needed it. And the Pathmark is still here serving our community."
Monsignor William J. Linder

 

 

 

 

Gerald Shattuck, Ph.D. (1930-2011)
Sociologist,
Community &
Political Activist

Dr. Gerald Shattuck, Sociologist and Associate Professor Emeritus at Fordham University, graduated with his doctorate from Cornell University in 1964 and joined the Department of Sociology and Anthropology that same year. He had a distinguished career at Fordham as an outstanding teacher and colleague, working on community projects for the urban poor in the 1960s and 1970s. In the late 1970s and the 1980s, he went on to engage students and faculty in efforts to protect the environment, years before the ecology movement became known and well established.

Gerry Shattuck received many tributes from his colleagues at Fordham. At the time of his application for tenure, the distinguished Jesuit sociologist, Joseph P. Fitzpatrick, wrote of Gerry (February 13, 1970), "Dr. Shattuck is without doubt the professor with the finest reputation as a teacher in both our graduate and college programs. His courses are sold out a short while after registration begins. This is not because he is a soft touch for good grades. His grades are generally severe. But students receive unusually good instruction…and close personal attention outside the classroom. . . . Dr. Shattuck has the imaginativeness and the style of a good researcher. As a colleague in the Department it would be hard to find a better one."

On the occasion of Gerry Shattuck's twenty-year award on October 28, 1984, the Bene Merenti medal, a colleague wrote, "Wherever Gerry is found, there is a feast of ideas, insights and genuine concern waiting for every passer-by." (Source: E. Doyle McCarthy, Professor Sociology, Fordham University)

"Gerry was my mentor and one of my closest friends. He represents someone of integrity in higher education. He took interest in my work because of his knowledge and commitment to social justice, and because he was influenced by the Catholic Worker Movement and Dorothy Day. He and I co-authored and published two articles on community development and New Community Corporation called 'An Alternative Community Development Model in Religious Context,' in 1991, and 'Neighborhood Development in Context,' in 1996. He was such an interesting person and always came up with creative ideas to help the poor. One such idea was this hydroponics venture he encouraged us to look into. People would be able to grow their own food and fish in small urban environments. The idea was way ahead of its time but that was the kind of thinking Gerry always did to help the poor. He was truly a great person."

Monsignor William J. Linder


Cyril Tyson, Founder, United Community Corp.
and first Executive
Director Harlem Youth Opportunities Unlimited, Inc.

Cyril Tyson founded United Community Corporation (UCC), one of the oldest non-profit community action agencies in the city of Newark. UCC was founded as a call to action under President Lyndon B. Johnson's "War on Poverty" campaign and became the designated anti-poverty agency for the city of Newark. During his tenure, Tyson was instrumental in founding a program to enhance the reading level of basketball players at Newark's Central High School and overall was very much dedicated to the city's youth. He formed a city-wide committee in Newark focusing on afterschool and summer programs. Prior to UCC, and beginning in 1956, his career had a great deal of impact in NYC.

Cyril Tyson was the Deputy Administrator for Minority Economic Development and Commissioner of the Manpower and Career Development Agency in New York City's Human Resources Administration. He held administrative posts in New York concerned with housing, human rights, and poverty.
He was the first Executive Director of Harlem Youth Opportunities Unlimited – Associated Community Teams (HARYOU-ACT), a kind of Peace Corps for the Harlem area of New York City, formed in 1962.

He helped design the structure and as a result, HARYOU-ACT received $110 million in federal funding through the Johnson Administration to back educational changes recommended by program organizers. These plans included recruiting educational experts to reorganize Harlem schools, providing preschool programs and after-school remedial education, and employment programs for dropouts. Prior to the HARYOU-ACT, and soon after the Harlem riots in the summer of 1964, HARYOU published a report detailing causes of the unrest and recommending solutions. They, together with several other organizations, received federal funding for Project Uplift, intended to prevent riots from happening again. Also, Tyson is one of the founding members of 100 Black Men Of America, a men's civic organization and service club whose stated goal is to educate and empower African American children and teens. (source www.uccnewark.org and Wikipedia.com)

"Cyril Tyson was a very bright man and much of his work was focused on youth development and education. He appointed me the chairman of his city-wide (afterschool and summer program) committee. He accomplished much of what he did in Newark without the backing of the political establishment. His work in NYC and in Harlem in particular, was admirable and winning that large federal grant was difficult to say the least, but he was determined to have a positive impact on education in NYC. Not only that, he remained committed to helping black families by continuing his career in NJ and founding 100 Black Men. That's an example of a life time of commitment to a good cause."

Monsignor William J. Linder

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