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A former national president continues his legacy of servant leadership.


hen John C. Cushman III was growing up in


Montclair, N.J., becoming a member of the local Scout troop was less a matter of individual choice than community expectation. “You did well in school,


you played sports and you joined Troop 12,” recalls Cushman, who along with his twin brother, Louis, achieved Eagle rank at the precocious


age of 12. Reaching Scouting’s


highest rank was only the beginning for Cushman. In his professional life, he eventually became chairman of Cushman & Wakefield, one of the world’s largest commercial real estate firms. He’s also enjoyed a highly decorated career as an adult Scouter at the local, regional and national levels. Today, Cushman is co-chairman of the firm his namesake grand- father and great uncle, Bernard Wakefield, founded and an executive board member and past national president of the Boy Scouts of America. Cushman has given much


more than time to Scouting. His significant support includes the Cushman Family Fish Camp at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia and the Cushman Watt Scout Center serving the headquarters of the Los Angeles Area Council. The highlights of his career as a Scout and adult volunteer span visiting Washington, D.C., as a young Scout, meeting President Harry Truman and Vice President Alben Barkley, and meeting with President George W. Bush on three occasions while serving as the BSA’s national president. Of all his experiences, Cushman says perhaps the most powerful was the leader- ship of Troop 12 Scoutmaster O.K. Taylor, who led the troop for five decades. “He received the Silver Beaver, Silver Antelope and Silver Buffalo,” Cushman says. “He was the deputy treasurer of Standard Oil of New Jersey, which even- tually became Exxon Mobil, and he was the chairman of the largest pension fund in the world. He was a man of incredible leadership, intellect and passion. And his whole life he lived for Scouting.”


It’s a family affair at the Cushman Family Fish Camp dedication during the 2013 National Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve: Grandsons Jason and Tim (from left) join Jeanine and John Cushman for the ceremony.


COURTESY OF THE CUSHMAN FAMILY


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