Mike Pescatello ’69, member of Vanderbilt’s Board of Advisors, dies at 67

Jan 25, 2012

Michael C. (“Mike”) Pescatello, Class of 1969, died January 22 of complications related to esophageal cancer. He was 67.

Pescatello was senior vice president at Northern Trust, a wealth and asset management company, and served as the managing director and chief fiduciary officer of the company’s Bay Area region. He joined Northern Trust in 1988, when the company opened its first offices in California.

Before joining Northern Trust, Pescatello served as vice president of the trust and investment division of Crocker National Bank and was active in the investment syndication business, serving in an executive capacity with several national syndication firms. He began his legal career as an associate with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom in New York. He was a member of the California and New York Bar Associations.

“Mike was an accomplished attorney and businessman whose professional contributions to his company and personal contributions to his community as well as the life of the law school will be greatly missed,” Chris Guthrie, dean of Vanderbilt Law School, said.

Pescatello received his undergraduate degree at Gettysburg College before earning his law degree at Vanderbilt.

In addition to serving on the law school’s Board of Advisors, Pescatello served as a trustee of both the Hanna Boys Center in Sonoma, California, and the Agawam Council in Raymond, Maine. He was also a life member of the University Club of New York, and served as a director of the Marin Theater Company in Mill Valley, California.

Pescatello is survived by his wife of 34 years, Carolie (Kiki) Pescatello; his mother, Edith Pescatello, of Scarsdale, New York; and a large extended family. “Michael was well known for his wicked sense of humor and his sometimes inappropriate neckties,” his obituary stated. “He and his wife loved to travel and each year found them in a new location in Burma, in cooking school in Tuscany, riding elephants in India or on the beach at Kona, Hawaii. He will be fondly remembered by his many nieces and nephews.”

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