July 6, 2011 - John Fitzpatrick, president and CEO of the Fitzpatrick Hotel Group, North America, which operates two hotels in New York City, will receive an honorary doctorate for services to business and commerce.
Sinte, Director of Development and Alumni Relations at Queen’s, will
the citation for Mr. Fitzpatrick at today’s graduation ceremony. She
“Fitzpatrick Hotels became the first Irish owned hotel company to
the United States after John Fitzpatrick moved from Ireland to New York
late 1980’s to expand the family business.
well as being an astute businessman, John is committed to charity work
US and here in Ireland. Through a memorial fund set up in honor of his
parents, he has been instrumental in raising over €1.3 million for
charities, including the Corrymeela Community and Barretstown, an
dedicated to bringing joy and comfort to children with cancer and other
illnesses in Ireland.
August 2008 John received an OBE in recognition of his exceptional
to peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and in 2010 he was
American of the Year in recognition of his humanitarian and charitable
commitments. I am delighted that today he can add an honorary degree
Queen’s to that list of accolades.”