Class Awards 2013

Dartmouth College
Recognizes with Deep Appreciation
the Extraordinary Achievements of

John L. Damon '61
2014 Gift Planning Chair of the Year

John L. Damon, we recognize you as a dedicated and energetic voice of Dartmouth among the alumni and officers of the Class of 1961.

Through both your personal commitment and volunteer service as gift planning co-chair for your class, as well as your willingness to be a leader in teaching your peers about the importance of thoughtful estate planning, you have reinforced the financial and philanthropic benefits of gift planning for the individual and for Dartmouth.

As a Dartmouth student, you participated in crew. You were a member of Alpha Chi Rho (known today as Alpha Chi Alpha), and graduated with a bachelor of arts degree and a double major in geography and government.

After graduation you worked for one year at First National Bank of Boston and then you served your country for four years in the Navy. Returning to civilian life, you launched a career in sales at Pan American World Airways and shortly thereafter established your own company, the J. L. Damon Company Inc. In 1974 you owned a consulting and services business known as the General Business Service of Cape Cod. You found your niche in 1984 when you established Financial Compass Charitable Advisors, where you served as principal until your retirement. You have been an active member in your community, holding such roles as treasurer of the Barnstable Village Civil Association; member of the International Association of Financial Planners and the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce; and Cape Cod chairman of the National Small Business Association. Over the years, your roles as a volunteer for Dartmouth have been numerous: enrollment interviewer, district enrollment director, class agent, club liaison, Alumni Council member and academic affairs officer of the Dartmouth Club of Cape Cod, as well as gift planning chair.

And so, in grateful recognition of your long and devoted service to your community, to the Class of 1961, to Dartmouth, and especially its gift planning program, the Association of Gift Planning Officers is proud to recognize you and Peter Palin as Huius anni principes captatorum, or Gift Planning Co-Chairs of the Year, and the thirty-eighth recipients of The Ford Whelden '25 and Robert Kaiser '39 Award.