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  Born: September 1, 1943
  Death: January 14, 2013
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John Carroll Quinn
September 1, 1943 - January 14, 2013
RAPID CITY- John C. Quinn, 69, of Rapid City, passed away unexpectedly early Monday morning January 14th. Born September 1st, 1943, at the former St. Johns Hospital in Rapid City, John was the first son born of Jim and Jennie Quinn.

John's earliest years were spent in Hill City and Faith, South Dakota, where his father was Superintendent of Schools and Coach of the varsity men's teams. In 1953, the family moved to Rapid City, where John attended Canyon Lake Elementary, West Side Junior High, and graduated in 1961 from Rapid City High School. As a senior, John led his high school debate team to its first ever national championship at the National Forensic Leagues' meet held that year in Pittsburgh.

John then attended George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where he studied political science and worked part time on the Hill for Senator Karl E. Mundt and Representative E.Y. Berry. Transferring to Yale University after his freshman year, John graduated cum laude in 1965 with a degree in Political Science. At Yale, John was captain of the debate team and winner of the prestigious DeForest Prize "For the senior who shall write and pronounce an English Oration in the best manner." Following Yale, in 1968 he earned a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. While in Philadelphia he met his wife, Monika Wood Quinn, on a blind date arranged by a mutual friend on January 20, 1968. As John put it, it became the "longest date" of his life.

After receiving his law degree, John secured a position with Morgan Guaranty Trust Company in New York City as a security analyst specializing in the food industry.

John and Monika were married August 31st, 1968, at the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City, where their first son, John Wood Quinn was born, July 10, 1969.

John was a lifelong learner, continuing his education in New York City-earning a Masterís Degree and a Doctorate in Corporation Law from New York University. John and Monika thrived in New York City. They had a second son, William Ginter Quinn, born May 23, 1975, who completed their family.
Employments following Morgan Guaranty in a long business career include Merrill Lynch, Nomura Securities, Irving Trust, Chase Manhattan Bank, and Wardley, as well as a career turn from investment analysis to investment management throughout the Far East.

John's job often required that he make lengthy business trips to Asia. Offered an opportunity by Chase Manhattan Bank to live in Hong Kong, John and his family spent five wonderful years there. The family moved to Tokyo, Japan in 1988, where they spent two years enjoying the culture of Japan. In 1990, John received a position to head the Investment Division at Wardley, a British investment firm that had offices in Singapore. John and his family spent several more years there before returning to New York City in the early 1990's.

In New York, John was CEO of the investment firm, Marinvest Inc. John and family returned home to Rapid City in the mid 1990's. In Rapid City, John pursued an academic career, teaching economics and marketing at local universities and colleges. Continuing his own education, he recently earned his 6th degree, a Masterís degree in History from the University of South Dakota. He also began writing books about American culture, politics and business, including 'American Zenith', the Fabulous 50s, published in 2007.

John was very active in the community. He wrote a business column in the Rapid City Journal for several years and was a frequent lecturer on contemporary economic and political issues as well as a regular commentator on local television stations.

John believed life should be led to the fullest every day. While in Asia, John often surprised his family with travel plans to "exotic" and non-traditional locations, including Vietnam, the former Soviet Union, Sri Lanka, etc. His love of travel continued all his life. In recent years, John and family travelled to Iceland, Hungary, Suriname, Bulgaria, and Romania. While traveling, John spoke to local American Chambers of Commerce and universities about global investment strategies. He was currently planning trips to Asia and, later this year, a trip to Peru.

John had many passions in life including family, travel, continued learning, politics and teaching. His first and foremost concern was always the well-being of his family. John was an accomplished businessman and scholar. He was a mentor and friend to many. Most of all, he was a loving father and husband. John will be greatly missed by his sons, wife, brother and their families.

John is survived by his wife, Monika, his two sons, John and William, his daughter in law, Marissa, his grandchildren, Amelia and Wilson, his brother, Jim and many other loving cousins and relatives.

Visitation will be for one hour before services, which will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 23, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Bob Jacobs officiating.

Interment will be at Mountain View Cemetery.

A memorial has been established for Westminster Presbyterian Church.


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