Remembering George McDonough

By Karen McMullen

I believe the year was 1998 when George McDonough arrived at my door in Bloomfield NJ. His quest was to discuss personal computer education and how his company, then known as MAC, could deliver same to the financial services community. Quite a concept. The idea peaked my interest as we were then only providing computer courses on a limited basis.

At our meeting George was bursting with energy, ideas, and excitement. He was both dynamic and striking – with a great smile and delightful personality. An adjunct professor at Rutgers University in Newark, NJ, George was anxious to branch out on his own. His idea was to create a partnership with an organization like ours to deliver computer training education to bankers.

The idea appealed to me immediately. He was an outstanding salesman and extremely bright.

After nearly three hours of intense discussions, George and I drafted an idea which eventually evolved into the PC Ed program at CFT. As many will remember, PC Ed became an integral part of CFT’s education program, with a state-of-the-art computer lab on-site, and offered a faculty of highly experienced and expert individuals. George taught many of the classes himself and also created a Mobile Lab which was moved from bank to bank upon demand.

PC Ed was a huge success – both for George and for CFT.

We became close colleagues and friends and over the years worked together on many special projects and educational programs. George designed a three credit course which received ACE approval and became part of both our Certificate and Diploma programs.

Years later he purchased the Old Mill in Cranford, NJ where CFT became a tenant for nearly six years.

The sudden and tragic loss of George McDonough, 59, on July 31, 2015 was shocking to everyone – his beautiful family, his many friends, his colleagues, and his students most recently from Montclair State University, Kean University and William Paterson University.

We will miss you George and thank you for all you brought into our lives.

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