State Board Member Dies

JULY 2004
- Bob Cawley Held Elected Seat - Bob Cawley, an elected member of the State Retirement Board, died on
April 30 at Brigham and Women's Hospital after a battle with cancer. He
was 69.

The West Roxbury native was
elected to a three-year term on the State Board in March of 2003,
succeeding Angelo Amato who did not seek reelection. There were 11
candidates for the seat. Prior to his election, he served three years
as an appointed member of the Board.

A
Purple Heart combat veteran of Korea with the First Marine Division,
Cawley went on to serve three terms as a State Representative and two
terms as a State Senator. After leaving office in 1972, he became
director of Senate personnel until his retirement in 1992. He was a
member of the Board of Directors of the State Employees Credit Union
since 1981 and was the Board's vice president at the time of his death.

After
his retirement, Cawley went on to become an involved member of our
Association, especially in the area of membership recruitment. He was
the chairman of our Association's election committee and a member of
our legislative committee.

"As a
retirement board member, Bob Cawley's outlook was that it was an
opportunity to help people," said fellow board member Ralph White. "It
was a carry-over from his years at the State House. He knew we had to
make some tough decisions at times, but he had a terrific attitude
relative to the entire scope of public retirement. Bob was a true
champion of employees, retirees and survivors. He was in their corner."

State
Treasurer Tim Cahill, Peter Koutoujian, Christopher Condon and White
are the State Board's other members. Nick Favorito is the Board's
director.

There will be a special
election to fill the remainder of Bob Cawley's term, which runs to
March 2006. The election schedule has not been set at this time.

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