National Press Club

Farewell, Mr. Cosgrove

October 16, 2016 | By Thomas Burr | president@press.org

John Cosgrove (far left) presents newly-elected President John F. Kennedy with his NPC membership card.

John Cosgrove (far left) presents newly-elected President John F. Kennedy with his NPC membership card.

Photo/Image: NPC Archives

It is with a heavy heart that I report our friend and longtime National Press Club member John Cosgrove has passed away. He was 98 years old.

Mr. Cosgrove, who served as president of the Club in 1961, was surrounded by family in his home when he passed Saturday morning.

Club member Matt Schudel wrote Mr. Cosgrove's obituary in the Washington Post.

Mr. Cosgrove was born Sept. 25, 1918 in Pittston, Pa., and served in the Navy during World War II. He became Press Club president in January 1961 with Chief Justice Earl Warren swearing him into the post and President John F. Kennedy in attendance.

The Press Club 's Board of Governors recently re-named the newly renovated Games Room, designating it the "John Cosgrove Members' Lounge." Mr. Cosgrove visited his room on Oct. 5 to officially cut the ribbon and celebrate the new room.

He was our longest living president, and I think we all know he occupied a giant place in our history. He was a sailor, a proud Irishman and a journalist at heart. We knew him by the twinkle in his eye, his ready quip and his warm way with all.