The late John J. Cummings was one of the financial geniuses of his time. During a career spanning thity-five years with the Fleet Financial Group, until his untimely death in 1982, he served as Fleet’s Cheif-Executive for fourteen years. He was responsible for guiding its growth into an internationally recognized financial services company. He established a national reputation as a banking leader, playing an important role in developing the industry. Civic, educational, religiuos, and philanthropic accomplishments and contributions to the State include serving as Chairman to the Providence Civic Center Authority during its’ formative years.