Remembering Michael F. Downey

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our great friend and colleague, Michael F. Downey, Chief Financial Officer of NECC.


 Remembering Michael F. Downey



We are deeply saddened by the passing of our great friend and colleague, Michael F. Downey, Chief Financial Officer of NECC. For 35 years, Mike combined a great sense of humor with extraordinary financial management skills to help build today's NECC. Mike served as our outside accountant from 1978 until he became our CFO in 1997. 

Mike is universally recognized as one of the financial and strategic architects of NECC. When he first met us, we served 15 students in a former nurses' residence on the grounds of Taunton State Hospital. We had little money, few resources and often struggled to meet our payroll.  

Thanks to Mike, NECC has been able to accomplish in one generation what would take most organizations many generations. Today, we serve children with autism around the world and we possess excellent facilities and resources. Our research, graduate programs and the Autism Curriculum Encyclopedia® exist in no small part due to his contributions.

When Mike gave up his private accounting practice in 1997 to join us, he had more lucrative options but chose NECC because he believed in our mission and wanted to help more children. He became one of NECC's most ardent supporters and was tremendously proud of his role in our growth. Mike will always be missed but his compassion for others, love of family, and commitment to excellence lives on.

Before Mike's passing, NECC Board of Directors voted unanimously to name our new employee day care center the Michael F. Downey Center for Child Development. Mike had overseen all aspects of this project and was greatly honored by this recognition.

We did great things together for children with autism and had a lot of fun while doing them. All of us at NECC extend our condolences to Mike's wife Cookie and the entire Downey Family whom we have grown to know and love.

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