John (Jack) Grogan, who co-founded the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association (SCAA) and served on its Board of Directors, died February 28. He was 73.
His clear vision and relentless work for SCAA grew the organization from the SCA Survivor Network of the National Center for Early Defibrillation into the nation's largest non-profit advocacy organization singularly focused on SCA.
An AED/EMS volunteer with the San Jose California Fire Department, Jack was passionate about preventing unnecessary death from SCA in his local community. He educated students, business owners and community leaders about SCA prevention, teaching CPR/AED classes to thousands of residents. His unwavering dedication was honored by the SJFD when he received the Devoted Service Award for advancing the city's AED programs.
A strong advocate for public access to defibrillation and medical technology issues on the state, and federal level as well, Jack testified before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Congress and the California Legislature - where his efforts helped pass legislation requiring California fitness centers and health clubs to have AEDs and personnel trained in their use. He also advocated for wider implementation of AED programs at schools throughout California.
In 2005, Jack was honored with the Medtronic Corporation's Community Champion Award as part of the "Keep the Beat" campaign.
"Jack's unwavering commitments to SCA prevention and building the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association are memorialized through the lives of those that have been saved and the many that will be saved in the future," said SCAA Executive Director Chris Chiames. "The SCA community mourns the loss of one of its own, and our deepest sympathies go out to Jack's wife Anita and family."
A Korean War veteran, Jack honorably served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Upon completion of his military service, Jack earned a degree in electrical engineering and joined the IBM Corporation, where he worked for 43 years and retired as a "Distinguished Engineer." He is survived by his wife, Anita, their four children and seven grandchildren.