Jack Grinold ’57, associate athletic director emeritus at Northeastern University and known informally as the dean of sports information directors in New England, died Friday, April 21, 2017. He was 81.
During his more than 50 years at Northeastern, Grinold became as well known for his generosity as he was for his longevity and expertise. According to the Boston Globe, he and his wife, Cathy, established a $1.25 million endowment for the men’s rowing program, and Grinold also financially supported or directly funded other programs, including a sports information internship that bears his name.
In October 2016, Grinold was selected to receive the Eastern College Athletic Conference’s James Lynah Distinguished Achievement Award, awarded each year to former ECAC athletic administrators who have achieved outstanding success in their career and have made an unusual contribution in the interest of intercollegiate athletics, the NCAA and the ECAC.