Mr. Cooney is Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the New York Medical College, Chairman at St. Theresa’s Home for the Severely Retarded, and a Trustee and Treasurer of the Dr. I Fund Foundation. He also serves on the board of Save Amateur Spots of the City of New York, the Cancer Research Center in Valhalla New York, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and is a member of the Finance Council of the Archdiocese of New York. George is a member of the executive committee of the board of Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center and served as its Chairman for 15 years.
Over the years, George has held numerous seats on governmental and private industrial planning organizations and committees. Beginning in 1968, he served as a member of the Film Advisory Committee to Vice President Hubert Humphrey and was on the Film Advisory and Promotion Committees of New York City for Mayors John V. Lindsay, Abraham Beame, and Edward Koch. As member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, he served for several years on the Executive Film Committee. He was also Chairman of the Motion Picture Labor Negotiations Committee from 1969 to 1978 and a Trustee of Harriman College and Will Rodgers Foundations. Mr. Cooney was appointed by Governor Hugh Carey to the New York State Television & Motion Picture Board, and was also appointed by Senator Ralph Marino to the Advisory Committee for the Development of Sports & Entertainment Facilities.
A graduate of Fordham University, Mr. Cooney is a recipient of the Honorary Degree from the New York Medical College, and the Helen Hayes Humanitarian Award from St. Clare’s Hospital. In 1978, he was inducted into the Sovereign Order of the Knights of Malta by Pope John Paul II and presently serves on its board of trustees.
Most recently, George received the William Cullen Bryant Award from New York Medical College for his visionary leadership qualities.