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Obituary: Frank McCarney

Airline Executive

Longtime Manhasset resident Frank McCarney passed away just before the holidays. He died peacefully in his sleep at age 82. A Boston native, Frank moved to New York after serving in the armed forces during the Korean War. He arrived in Strathmore Vanderbilt with his young family in 1965, having recently been promoted to corporate secretary and treasurer of Scandinavian Airlines System. At age 34, he was then the youngest senior executive in the airline industry.

Having received his undergraduate degree from Clark University, Frank went on to obtain his master’s degree in business administration from St. John’s University where he became an adjunct professor. He was an active member of the Manhasset community, having among other things volunteered his financial skills to the Strathmore Vanderbilt Club, where he served many years as treasurer under another longtime Manhasset resident, Ed Devlin.

Upon his retirement from SAS, Frank became one of the first graduates of the newly formed CUNY Law School, an institution dedicated to educating lawyers for public service. In 2005, Frank was nonplussed to learn that after more than a half century, the girl he had married, Helen Halpin, was crowned Ms. Senior America in Las Vegas. Frank devoted many of his later years to assisting and promoting the cause of the Ms. Senior America Organization, which is dedicated to recognizing and reenergizing the talents of all women. He was a lifetime member of the Financial Executives Institute and the University Club.

Frank is survived by who he called his loving Queen, Helen, his son Jim and his wife Jill, and three grandchildren, Tara, Megan and Dana, all of Manhasset, as well as his son Tom and his wife Lisa, and two grandchildren, Jack and Kate, all of Wading River.