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The Legacy of John P. McNulty

Born in Philadelphia to two Irish immigrants, Charles and Nora McNulty, John P. McNulty was the eldest of five and the first in his family to go to college.  John was an undergraduate accounting major and student body president of St. Joseph's University and went on to get his MBA at The Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. After graduation, John joined Goldman Sachs, where he ultimately headed the Investment Management Division and served as a member of the Management Committee. Under John’s management, Goldman built a global investment management business into a significant and integral part of the firm.

John was also a strong advocate for education and the arts, serving as a Board of Trustee member for the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business and the Aspen Institute, as well as supporting St. Joseph’s catholic school in Chinatown, New York, an elementary school serving mostly high-need Asian immigrants.

John met his wife Anne Welsh McNulty at Cardinal O’Hara high school, where Anne was valedictorian. Anne is an alumna of Villanova University (where she was also valedictorian), and serves on their board.  Anne received her MBA from the Wharton School, where she also serves on the Board of Overseers.  She is co-founder and managing partner of JBK Partners, prior to which she was a Managing Director of Goldman Sachs. 

Throughout his lifetime, John sought to mentor younger associates and to challenge women to achieve their full potential. John delighted in helping younger associates, creating opportunities for them, inspiring them to take risks, and challenging them to tackle problems creatively and enthusiastically. John died suddenly in 2005. The John P. McNulty Scholarship Fund for Excellence in Math and Science was created to honor his legacy.