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McAuliffe, former ELCA treasurer, dies

Richard L. McAuliffe, 75, ELCA treasurer and Mission Investment Fund president and executive director from 1992 to 2002, died April 24.

Mark S. Hanson, ELCA presiding bishop, said McAuliffe brought to his roles "the expertise of a successful banker (and) the unwavering commitment of a person of faith."

Richard L. McAuliffe
Richard L. McAuliffe

H. George Anderson, presiding bishop from 1995 to 2001, said, "We all respected Dick and relied on his judgment. As a banker he considered the risks; as a churchman he recognized the possibilities. If the cause was just and the need was real, he found the money."

McAuliffe was a graduate of Carleton College, Northfield, Minn., and Harvard Business School, Boston.

For most of his career, McAuliffe worked in the banking industry. In 1960, he joined Harris Bankcorp, Chicago, eventually serving as its executive vice president, treasurer and chief financial officer before he retired in 1990. He served a year as managing agent with the Resolution Trust Corp. before his election as ELCA treasurer.


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