Mr. Zuccotti served on the former WellChoice, Inc. ("WellChoice") board of directors from August 2002 until WellChoice's acquisition by us in December 2005. Mr. Zuccotti also served as a director of Empire HealthChoice, Inc., an affiliate of WellChoice, from October 1999 until November 2002.
Mr. Zuccotti has been Chairman of Brookfield Properties Corp., a real estate development company, since 1997. Since 1998, Mr. Zuccotti has also been of Counsel in the real estate department of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. Mr. Zuccotti serves on the boards of seven of the Dreyfus funds of the Dreyfus Investment Corporation.
He also is a director of the Doris Duke Foundation, New York Bank & Trust, the New York Visiting Nurse Service and Columbia University.
John Eugene Zuccotti was born in Greenwich Village on June 23, 1937. His father, Angelo, was the maître d’hôtel at the nightclub El Morocco. His mother was the former Gemma Mallo. The family first lived above a tavern on Perry Street.
He graduated from La Salle Military Academy in Oakdale, N.Y., and received a bachelor’s degree from Princeton in 1959 and a law degree from Yale before becoming a second lieutenant in the Army Reserve.
After law school, Mr. Zuccotti worked as an urban planner in Venezuela for Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Joint Center for Urban Studies, and as a special assistant to Robert C. Wood, the secretary of Housing and Urban Development, helping to draft Model Cities legislation.
Mr. Zuccotti became president of Olympia & York (U.S.A.) in 1990 and chairman of Brookfield in 1996, and had been of counsel to the law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges since 1998. He was also chairman of the Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center, the Downtown-Lower Manhattan Association and the Real Estate Board of New York.
In addition to his wife, the former Susan Sessions, a historian and author, Mr. Zuccotti is survived by their children, Gianna, Andrew and Milena Zuccotti; eight grandchildren; and his brother, Andrew.