John H. Carew '59C, '00HON was inducted into the Heritage Circle
of St. John’s University at the 28th Annual Alumni Convocation on
Friday, May 29, 2009.
He received his undergraduate degree from St. John’s College of
Liberal Arts and Sciences in 1959.
A gifted athlete, he earned nine varsity letters for track and
was named co-captain of the 1958 Cross Country Track Team. He
became a member of the United States Marine Corps, ultimately
serving as Lieutenant Colonel and Special Assistant to the
Commandant for Leadership Studies.
In civilian life he established himself in the fields of sales
and training, beginning as a salesperson in the garment district of
New York City and quickly progressing through various positions
until being named Director of Sales Training and Development for
the Mead Corporation in 1969. In 1976 established his
own corporate entity by founding Carew International, where he
remained until 2005, when he founded and became Chief Executive
Officer of Jack Carew and Associates LLC, a worldwide provider of
sales and leadership education training.
He is a member of the St. John’s University Board of Governors,
The Loughlin Society and the Spiked Shoe Alumni Association.
A grateful University inducted him into the Athletic Hall of Fame
in 1998, awarded him the President’s Medal in 1999 and conferred
upon him an honorary Doctor of Commercial Science degree in
“I’m not sure that I deserve this award,” he said “but I’m
absolutely honored to accept it. St. John’s is a great
place…they got me my first job.”
Induction into the Heritage Circle is reserved for alumni who
have graduated 40 or more years ago and have maintained a close
association with the University in a unique and extraordinary