John Charles Radovich
John Radovich ’55 was a champion of our fraternity. He gave generously of his time and money to support the fraternity, its physical facitlity, and scholarships to worthy undergraduates. In addition he was the leader in organizing the annual “Fijis in the Desert” luncheon in Palm Desert.
In late December we lost this good man when John Radovich ’55 succumbed to the ravages of Hodgkin’s disease. Below is his obituary from the Seattle Times.
John Charles RADOVICH John Charles Radovich passed away December 27, 2011. John was born December 1, 1932. He graduated from West Seattle High School in 1950 and from the University of Washington in 1954 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. John continued to be a loyal member of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity.
He started in the commercial real estate business with Henry Broderick in 1961 as a leasing agent. In 1963 John C. Radovich Real Estate was formed concentrating on buying and selling commercial property. In 1975 he and a partner purchased Newport Yacht Basin and converted the moorage slips to condominium ownership, which was the first time this had been done in the United States.
John was instrumental in starting Eastside Catholic High School now located on the Sammamish Plateau, and Xavier College Preparatory High School in Palm Desert, California. He was a committed philanthropist and received an award from Atlantic Street Center for the Outstanding Private Contributor of 2009. John was also an active member of St. Monica’s Church on Mercer Island for 48 years. His other interests included fishing, golf, photography and roses.
He is a member of the Seattle Golf Club, Bighorn and the Vintage Club in California. He was still active in developing and managing his real estate holdings. John is survived by his wife, Carol Ann; his children Jennifer (Dan) Morgenstern, Kate (Fritz) Nichols, and Nick (Kristen) Radovich; 7 grandchildren; sister, Mary Jo Malone; and 11 nieces and nephews.
Published in The Seattle Times on January 1, 2012