|Birth: ||Oct. 24, 1915|
|Death: ||Nov. 1, 1985|
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
John Michael Shaheen was a loving family man, innovative businessman, and a patriot. This writer worked for John, and found him always to be a gentleman. John was truly an American hero!
John M. Shaheen, president of the Macmillan Ring-Free Oil Company, died Friday at New York Hospital after a short illness. He was 70 years old and had homes in Manhattan and Southampton, L.I.
Mr. Shaheen joined Macmillan Ring-Free Oil, an independent refiner and marketer based in New York City, in 1968 after serving as president of the Golden Eagle Refining Company.
Earlier he had founded Tele-Trip Insurance, a company that sold life insurance from airport vending machines. It was later acquired by Mutual of Omaha.
A family spokesman, Jesse Taub, said Mr. Shaheen was also the principal owner, through the Shaheen Natural Resources Company, of a crude-oil refinery in Newfoundland. The refinery went bankrupt in 1976.
Mr. Shaheen was born in Lee County, Ill. During World War II he served as a Navy officer attached to the Office of Strategic Services.
He is survived by his wife, the former Barbara Tracy; three sons, Tracy, Michael and Bradford, all of New York City; a brother, Raymond, of Chicago, and a sister, Ruth Downs, of Manhattan.
-New York Times, November 4, 1985
John M. Shaheen, president of Macmillan Ring-Free Oil Co., has died after a short illness, the company announced. He was 70.
Mr. Shaheen, who died Friday in New York, was born in Lee County, Ill., and spent his early years in Tampico, Ill. He attended the University of Illinois and the University of Chicago.
Mr. Shaheen joined Macmillan, a petroleum refining and marketing company, in 1968. He previously was president of Golden Eagle Refining Co. He was a member of the National Petroleum Council.
He served as a Navy captain in World War II, attached to the Office of Strategic Services, and was awarded the Silver Star and Legion of Merit.
During the early days of commercial aviation, Mr. Shaheen pioneered selling life insurance in airports from vending machines. His company, Tele-Trip Insurance, was acquired by Mutual of Omaha.
He was appointed by President Richard Nixon to the U.S. Advisory Commission on Information and as a special ambassador to Colombia.
Mr. Shaheen is survived by his wife, Barbara; three sons, Tracy, Michael and Bradford, all of New York; a brother, Raymond, of Chicago; and a sister, Ruth Downs, of New York.
-Chigago Tribune, November 03, 1985
John M. Shaheen was the technical consultant as Comdr. John M. Shaheen for the movie O.S.S. staring Alan Ladd. John achieved a notable record in the European and Pacific theaters and was awarded a Silver Star and Legion of Merit for his work with the Office of Strategic Services. In World War 2, Project Larson was undertaken, an OSS operation set up by OSS Chief of Special Projects John Shaheen. The stated purpose of the project was to kidnap Italian rocket and missile specialists out of Italy and bring them to the United States. However, there was another project hidden within Larson called Project AZUSA with the goal of interviewing Italian physicists to see what they knew about Werner Heisenberg and Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker. John hatched a wild plot to reach the Italian Naval Command in hopes of convincing the Italian admirals to surrender their fleet to the allies. John hadn't realized that the main body of the Italian fleet had already set sail for Malta to surrender to the British. John was a large donor to the Republican Party. John later became embroiled in the October Surprise conspiracy in which the Reagan-Bush team conspired with Iran to hold the American captives until after the election. John was also allegedly involved in the Iran/Contra conspiracy. John had served with CIA chief Bill Casey in the OSS and they remained close associates throughout their lives. John had plans to start an afternoon New York City newspaper but it never happened. He was involved in several radio stations and cable TV companies located in the western United States, headed up by John's sons and Milt Hibdon. John built a refinery in Come By Chance Bay in Newfoundland, but it did not operate properly and resulted in the biggest bankruptcy in Canada up to that time.
John was active in several Office of Strategic Services veteran groups including the Veterans of the OSS.
Oilman Betting New Paper Will Succeed in New York City - The Tuscaloosa News, Tuesday, October 16, 1973
John M. Shaheen (1915 in Lee County, Illinois - 1 November 1985, in New York) was an American financier and businessman. He had been involved in oil and life insurance.
Prior to World War II Shaheen worked in publicity in Chicago. During World War II Shaheen was at the Office of Strategic Services, and was awarded the Silver Star and Legion of Merit. At OSS he was "chief of OSS Special Projects" and head of the Reports Declassification Section, and an advisor on the 1946 film O.S.S.. His friendship with William Casey, CIA Director under Ronald Reagan, derived from this period. Under President Richard Nixon Shaheen was also "a special ambassador to Colombia".
Shaheen founded a life insurance business, selling life insurance from airport vending machines, before moving into the oil business. This included the Come By Chance Refinery in Newfoundland, Canada, which went bankrupt in 1976 owing around $500m, and was "one of the single largest bankruptcies in Canadian history to that date". In 1973 it was rumoured that Shaheen was going to found a newspaper, to be called the "New York Press". At the time his company, Shaheen Natural Resources, owned three radio stations and part of a television station, but had no experience in print media. It was reported in 1973 that he had made over $200m since World War II.
Shaheen was one of the principal contributors to Richard Nixon's campaign in 1968, and in the top 100 Republican donors in 1972, giving $100,000.
In 1981 Shaheen founded the Hong Kong Deposit and Guaranty Bank which went bankrupt in 1984.
Barbara Shaheen (1921 - 2001)
WORLD WAR II
OCT 24 1915
NOV 1 1985
Arlington National Cemetery
Plot: Sec: 8, Site: 5035 WS
Maintained by: graver
Originally Created by: John C. Anderson
Record added: Mar 06, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 49312330
Added: Apr. 15, 2013
Thanks for your service Captain Shaheen.|
Added: Jul. 27, 2011
A true American HERO!!!There are those who know of the many acts of courage and patriotism performed by this man and his associates. Rest in peace JMS.|
Added: Jul. 21, 2010