James F. Bunting
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A portrait photograph of James F. Bunting. James Bunting began his YMCA career as member of the Hi-Y Club while attending Syracuse University. Following graduation, he took a position as associate educational director at the Rochester (N.Y.) YMCA. After 12 years, he moved to the New Haven (Conn.) YMCA as associate general secretary. After completing his master's degree in divinity at Yale, he served as general secretary in Schenectady, N.Y., Newark, N.J., and Washington, D.C. In Newark, he led the first complete merger of the YMCA and the YWCA into one organization, and in Washington, he eliminated segregation at all of the branches. Bunting was appointed national executive director of the YMCA in 1964. During this turbulent period, the YMCA took public stands on a number of important issues of the day, including the Vietnam War, environmental preservation, and civil rights. Under his leadership, the national structure was reduced to eight regional offices and local Ys were, for the first time, required to certify that their policies and practices were non-discriminatory. Bunting retired in 1971.
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Bunting, James F
YMCA Hall of Fame
New Haven (CT)
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