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ASAE CEO Graham, association advocate, dies of cancer

He led organization for association executives for 16 years, had personal and professional impact on many peers, fought for diversity

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Graham at CEO Update's inaugural Association Leadership Awards in 2014, when he was named Professional Society CEO of the Year.

Jan. 17, 2020
By William Ehart

John Graham, longtime CEO of ASAE and a widely respected figure among the association executive community and members, died Jan. 13 after a battle with cancer. He was 70.

“While no words can adequately express our deep sorrow at losing our leader, the ASAE team is profoundly grateful for the opportunity to know and work with John,” the group said in a statement. “(He) was a transformative leader for ASAE and a mentor to many in the association community.”

Graham led the American Society of Association Executives from 2003 through June 2019, when the group announced he was stepping back because of the cancer diagnosis. The type of cancer has not been made public.