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(Nov. 17, 1977) - Thomas J. Deegan Jr., Organizer Of ‘64‐65 World's Fair, Dies at 67

By Alfred E. Clark

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Thomas J. Deegan Jr., who helped orramze the New York World's Fair of 1964‐65 and was chairman of its executive committee, died yesterday of a heart attack at his residence at the Hyde Park Hotel, 25 East 77th Street. He was 67 years old.

Mr. Deegan, a one‐time newspaperman and public relations consultant, was chairman of the executive committee of Sydney Baron R Company, an interna t innal public relations company.

Former. Mayor Robert F. Wagner named •mr. Deegan chairman of the New York World's Fair Corporation in 1959 and he Served in that capacity until the corporation was dissolved in 1971.

“ Mr. Deegan invited Robert Moses to become the paid president for the World's, Fair and after its opening on April 23. 1964, it ran for two six‐month seasons and attracted 51 million paid admissions. The Deegan concern undertook the advance sale for the fair and sold 28 million’ tickets for a gross revenue of $35 million before the fair opened.

Lined Up Exhibitors

With the help of the newly elected President, the late John. F. Kennedy, Mr Deegan and Mr. Moses received Administration support for a bill in Congress that authorized $35 million for the United States Pavilion.

In the preparatory period he worked tirelessly to line up ‘exhibitors. He received a promise of a pavilion from then Premier Nikita S. Khrushchev of the Sriviet Union—later withdrawn—and peritiaded Pope John XXIII to accept the idea of the Vatican Pavilion.

With the assistance of the late Francis Cardinal Spellman, Mr. Deegan was instrumental in having Michelangelo's Pieta sent by the Vatican to the fair, the first time the statute had been removed from there in 454 years. Fourteen million people, second only in attendance to the General Motors Exhibit, went though the Vatican Pavilion to view the Pieta.

Born in Boroklyn on July 11, 1910, and a product of the 1929 Depression, Mr. Deegan was in the Class of ‘34 at Fordham University. As an undergraduate, he worked as a writer on space rates and as rewrite man for The New York Times.

Because of economic conditions he had to leave college after, his sophomore year to work full time. In 1964 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree by Fordham and on the basis of his achievements, and academic papers he submitted he was awarded his Bachelor 7cf Arts degree in 1965, 31 Years after his class had received its undergraduate degrees.

Later the Dcegtoi company became part ... of the Interpublic Group of Companies Inc. Over the years, his friends have included pre‐idents and corporate leaders, baseball players and clergyMen.

When Lyndon B. Johnson sought the Democratic nomination for President in 1960, Mr. Deegan was one of his principal advisors. As the running mate to Mr. Kennedy, Mr. Johnson and his wife, Lady Bird, had visited the Deegan family at their home in Greenwich, Conn., during the campaign.

Mr. Deegan was decorated a Knight Grand Cross of the Holy Sepulchre by Pope Pius XII and a knight of Malta by Pope John XXIII.

Made Recommendations to Pope

In 1967 he led an international delegation of 36 business leaders of all faiths who made recommendations to Pope Paul VI on ways to implement the Pope's en‘'On the Development of Peoples.”

In 1965 he Was named Catholic Layman of the Year. He had been a personal adviser to the Vatican on matters of world opinion for more than 20 years.

At 17 he began his newspaper career as a high school correspondent with The Brooklyn Eagle. He later shifted to The Times and in 1938 left to become assistant to the president of the Fifth Avenue Association.

He had eight children and is survived by seven of them. They are Thomas Deegan 3d of New Haven, Christopher of Washington, Timothy John of Beverly Hills, Calif. Michael Nicholas of Laramie., Wyo., Mrs. Colman McCarthy of Washington, Mary Angela of London and, Cecily Ann of Cambridge, Mass.

Other survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Edward C. Chickering and Mrs. Christopher Murphy of Chevy Chase, Md.. and his former wife, Alice Russell Deegan of Greenwich. Conn.. and four grand nits.

A Mass of the Resurrection will he celebrated at St. Ignatius Loyola Roman Catholic Church, Park Avenue and 84th Street, on Saturday at 11 A.M.