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Boscobel Board Chair Barnabas McHenry to Retire 12/31

December 12th, 2019

Board Members Alexander Reese and Arnold S. Moss Will Serve as Acting Co-Chairs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Garrison, NY – December 2019) – On December 31, 2019, Barnabas McHenry will retire from his role as Chair of the Board of Directors at Boscobel House and Gardens, where he has served with distinction as a trustee since 1964.

Upon McHenry’s retirement, longstanding Board members Alexander Reese and Arnold S. Moss will serve as Acting Co-Chairs until the Board votes in a new Chair at its annual meeting in April 2020.

“Boscobel is an icon of Hudson Valley history and beauty,” says Barnabas McHenry. “I am delighted to pass it along, strong as ever, to the next generation.”

“Boscobel has been immensely fortunate to have the vision and leadership of the one-and-only Barnabas McHenry for more than five decades,” adds Boscobel Executive Director Jennifer Carlquist. “He is a direct line back to our founding to preserve and share Hudson Valley design, history, and nature. Working with Barney has been an honor and a joy for me, and I am so grateful that his service to Boscobel will continue in the role of Chair Emeritas.”

Few private citizens have had a greater impact on Hudson River Valley preservation and appreciation than Barnabas McHenry. In addition to his role at Boscobel, McHenry is a Palisades Interstate Parks Commissioner and the founding Chair of the Hudson River Valley Greenway. He has been a trustee and champion of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City Ballet, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the New York Zoological Society, the American Museum of Natural History, Scenic Hudson, Open Space Institute, and American Conservation Association, among many others.

Born and raised in Pennsylvania, McHenry graduated from Princeton University and Columbia Law School. A field artillery first lieutenant in the Korean War, he earned the National Defense Service National Service Medal, and the Korean Service Medal with one bronze star. After being admitted to the New York Bar in 1957, McHenry held a position as Associate at Lord Day & Lord, then works as General Counsel to The Reader’s Digest Association, Inc., and later became the Executive Director of Wallace Funds, where he worked with Boscobel’s founding patron, Lila Acheson Wallace. McHenry is the father of three grown children with his wife, Bannon.

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