Pat Sheehan, Wells Fargo Banker, Georgetown Mascot, Dies

J. Patrick Sheehan, a managing director for public finance at Wells Fargo & Co. in New York and, as a student, the first person to serve as Georgetown University’s mascot, in a bulldog costume, has died. He was 54.

He died on Nov. 9 after the chauffeured Lincoln Town Car he was riding in was struck by a Ford Explorer sport-utility vehicle that crossed the median on the Hutchinson River Parkway in New York City’s Bronx borough, according to a police statement. He died at the scene, as did the driver of his livery car, Ata Noorzi, 51, of Queens, New York.

The Ford also hit a second SUV and both drivers were taken to Jacobi Medical Center and listed in stable condition, police said. The accident is under investigation.

Sheehan, whose 26-year banking career included stints at JPMorgan Chase & Co., Citigroup Inc. and Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., joined San Francisco-based Wells Fargo in June 2010, specializing in not-for-profit health-care clients. He headed the bank’s unit serving that industry for the eastern U.S. His death occurred on his way to the airport for a business trip to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Dana Obrist, a bank spokesman, said yesterday in an interview.

“Sheehan was a trusted senior and experienced adviser to his not-for-profit health-care clients, which included some of the most prestigious hospitals across the country,” the bank said in a statement. “His genuine honesty, intellect, expertise and quick wit were highly valued and appreciated by all.”

‘Quite Famous’

In 1977 as an undergraduate at Georgetown in Washington, D.C., Sheehan was the first person to prance the sidelines of sports events dressed as Jack the Bulldog, the school’s mascot, according to the university’s website. He had replaced a succession of real canines. Sheehan was often seen during television broadcasts during the Hoya’s run to the east regional finals of the 1980 NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

“He was very entertaining, he was quite famous,” Mark Salter, a friend and classmate, said yesterday in an interview.

John Patrick Geary Sheehan was born on Oct. 28, 1959, in Stamford, Connecticut, and raised in West Chester, Pennsylvania, one of four children of John Paul Sheehan and his wife, Martha. “Pat” Sheehan graduated from Georgetown in 1981, his friend, Salter, said.

In 1985, he joined Drexel Burnham Lambert Inc., according to a biography provided by Wells Fargo. He left the investment bank four years later to enter Columbia Business School in New York, where he earned a Master of Business Administration in 1991.

Banking Career

Sheehan joined Lehman Brothers in 1991 and began specializing in not-for-profit health-care clients, which he continued for the rest of his career, according to the Wells Fargo biography. He moved to JPMorgan Chase in 1994, where he worked for nine years, and in 2003 joined Citigroup.

At Wells Fargo, his clients included Boston-based Partners Healthcare System Inc. and Geisinger Health System, based in Danville, Pennsylvania, according to Peter Hill, head of public finance at the bank.

“He was truly a man for all seasons,” Hill said of Sheehan. “He had a keen wit and I would call it a Gaelic sense of humor and attention to history, so he was always providing us with great stories.”

On business trips Sheehan would sometimes take his team to tour state capitol buildings and sit in on legislative sessions, Hill said.

“He was a real student of politics,” Hill said.

Sheehan lived in Larchmont, New York, with his wife, Rebecca, who he married in 1987.

In addition to his wife, his survivors include their sons George, 21, Thaddeus, 19, and Nathaniel, 15; a brother, Tim; two sisters, Margot and Barat; and his mother.

(Corrects father’s middle name in eighth paragraph of story published Nov. 13.)
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