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John C. Cone Worked with Robert F. Kennedy, died on RFK's birthday

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Datum: 23.11.2006 13:22
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John C. Cone Worked with Robert F. Kennedy, died on RFK's birthday
For the Monitor

Concord Monitor, Concord, NH
November 22. 2006 8:00AM

HANOVER -- John Coit Cone, 88, died Monday, Nov. 20, 2006, after a long
illness of cancer and heart disease.

John worked with Robert F. Kennedy on an infamous Eisenhower-era
scandal, was a former New Hampshire state legislator, and became an
active member of several of the Upper Valley's New Hampshire and
Vermont community organizations.

With the demise of the textile industry throughout the North, John Cone
(owner of Dodge Davis Inc. and Hartford Woolen Company) liquidated his
own mills and was appointed in February 1962 by President John F.
Kennedy's attorney general, Robert F. Kennedy, to be the
court-appointed receiver for many New England textile mills. It was in
this role that John, who had become known for his trustworthiness and
political insights, was given the job of dealing with the New Hampshire
holdings of Bernard Goldfine, a Boston-based textile manufacturer.
Goldfine had earlier bribed his cousin Sherman Adams, the powerful
chief of staff in Dwight Eisenhower's administration, to stop the
Federal Trade Commission from investigating Goldfine. What followed was
a media event comparable to those occurring today.

The 1950s incident is mostly remembered as the infamous "vicuna coat
affair." During House subcommittee hearings in 1958, Goldfine admitted
to news reporters (Time, July 14, 1958) that his gifts, including hotel
expenses of more than $2,000, a vicuna coat and an Oriental rug, to
Sherman Adams had been listed as tax deductible by Goldfine's
companies. Overseeing a staff that reached a record 446 in 1958, Adams
became the second-most-powerful man in the government, but he was
forced to resign from the Eisenhower White House, due to the Goldfine
scandal. Adams, a former Republican governor (1949-1953), returned to
New Hampshire and started the successful Loon Mountain Ski Resort. It
was later in John Cone's role of receiver of the Goldfine estate, after
Goldfine's tax evasion conviction, that John often had daily contact
with Robert F. Kennedy. John Cone found himself, a Republican, right in
the middle of assisting the Kennedys with unraveling the Goldfine
situation throughout 1962 and into 1963, before JFK was killed on Nov.
22, 1963. (By coincidence, the day that John Cone passed away, Nov. 20,
is Robert F. Kennedy's birthday.)

John's involvement in the Goldfine affair drew him into local politics,
as well. Running as a Republican, he was elected to the Legislature,
called the General Court of New Hampshire, in 1967, and he was elected
as a Republican and a Democrat in 1969. In an unusual move, John Cone,
as a freshman legislator, was appointed to the important Ways and Means
Committee in 1967 and to the likewise powerful Appropriations Committee
in 1969. He introduced Bill 323 in 1969, to create a combined
income-sales tax in New Hampshire. It was defeated.

Disappointed with the corruption he found around him at the
Legislature, John declined requests to be a candidate again in 1971,
and he retired to run his private businesses that involved his lifelong
interest in textiles and millworks. John purchased stocks of old mills
and plants, and he sold wooden items made from bobbins and woolen goods
that had been used in the textile industry.

John Cone was born June 24, 1918, to Jessie Barker Coit and Morris
Huntington Cone in Cambridge, Mass., where his father was serving with
the U. S. Navy. After Morris Cone's discharge, the family moved back to
its roots in Hartford, Vt. The Cone family traced its heritage to
Daniel Cone (born 1626) of Edinburgh, Scotland, of the Clan Mackhoe,
who immigrated to the Norwich, Conn., area in 1661; soon thereafter,
the 17th century Cone family relocated to the Norwich, Vt., area.

John's paternal grandmother, Kate Morris (later Mrs. Charles Morris
Cone), was given Radcliffe University's first Ph.D. in 1882 (Time,
March 19, 1956) - this may have been the first doctorate given in the
United States to a woman. John's maternal grandfather, Dr. Henry Coit
of Newark, N.J., originated the first "certified milk" in 1892, and he
established the Newark Babies' Hospital. John's maternal aunt, Eleanor
Gwinnell Coit, was founder of the American Labor Education Service and
one of the founders of the adult education movement in the United

John attended the Hartford School and then received his education at
Phillips Andover Academy, Clark School (class of 1936) and Union
College (class of 1940). He was employed by Jones and Lamson in
Springfield, Vt., participating in the manufacturing and distribution
of machine tools, primarily the thread grinder. He enlisted in the U.S.
Air Corps and was trained at Marshall College in Maryland and
transferred to Foster Field in Texas. He learned to fly and was, to his
surprise, put on the base golf team, a fascinating experience that
enhanced a talent he enjoyed throughout his lifetime. After World War
II, he returned to Hartford and worked with his father running the
Hartford Woolen Company. John bought a factory in Bristol, which
involved him in manufacturing pinstripe flannel to be used in baseball
uniforms for Major League Baseball's professional teams (especially the
New York Yankees).

John was an active member of the Hanover Rotary Club and the Hartford
Historical Society. He was a director of the White River National Bank
and a director of the Associated Industries of Vermont. He was a
longtime member of the Association of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical

John was an avid sportsman, and he loved to ski, play golf and
fly-fish. He was an instructor in the Ford Sayre Ski Program. He was a
member of the Hanover Country Club and the Lake Mitchell Trout Club.
John spent many pleasant spring, summer and fall moments with his
family at their cabin, Fernwood, at Lake Morey, Vt.

John Coit Cone is survived by his wife, Monique Denoeu Cone of Hanover;
his three children, Elizabeth H. Cone of Portland, Maine, John D. Cone
of Norwich, Vt., and Janet M. Cone of Sudbury, Mass.; his four
grandchildren, Malcolm Cone-Coleman, Caleb Cone-Coleman, Tyler Parnes
and Emily Cone-Parnes; his sisters Elizabeth Cone Gardner of Vermont
and Martha Cone Smeltzer of Maryland; and five nieces and nephews. John
was predeceased in death by a sister, Constance Cone Wallace of Utah.

He was a loving father and grandfather and always found joy in whatever
activity he chose. He will be greatly missed.

A memorial service will be held in the Gathering Room at Kendal at
Hanover, 80 Lyme Road, Hanover, on Sunday at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers,
please send a donation to the charity of your choice in John's name.

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