John M. Shaheen, 70; Chief of Oil Company
Published: November 4, 1985
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 online, Nov. 4, 1985]
Chicago Tribune (IL) — November 3, 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
John M. Shaheen
Oct 24, 1915
Nov 1, 1985
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