Remembering One of Our Own

Posted on August 2nd, 2019 by

If you’ve been around JMM for a few years, you may have met Michael McCoy in our hallways or galleries.

Mike was the JMM custodian from January 2016 through January 2018, when a medical condition forced him to take a leave of absence. It is with deep sadness that I report Mike passed away on Monday, July 29, 2019. He was 52.

Mike was a soft-spoken gem of a man. He was fastidious and kind. He took pride in his work and almost immediately displayed a fierce sense of ownership over the Museum and our visitors’ experience. In his two years here, he innovated several new processes to improve communications for set up for programming, and he took on jobs great and small without complaint. (The closest he ever came to complaining was when he painted my office, and he told me that next time I shouldn’t call him, he would call me.) He kept us all in a clean and safe environment, and he did it with a smile.

In other words, Michael McCoy was a mensch. He was a coworker and a friend. I am grateful to have known him. He will be missed.

~Tracie Guy-Decker, JMM Deputy Director

Viewing / Visitation at the Joseph H Brown, Jr. Funeral Home, 2140 N Fulton Avenue, Baltimore, MD from 1 – 5 pm. 

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Performance Counts: Welcoming New Staff

Posted on January 15th, 2016 by

Though we’ll be saying goodbye to Paul Simon this month, we’re also saying hello to two new staff members!

Tucker Hager

Tucker joins the JMM this month as the new manager of the JMM shop Esther’s Place. Tucker brings to the JMM extensive experience in museum retail establishments. In fact, Esther’s Place makes the fifth (!) museum store Tucker has managed, and his tenth retail establishment. A member of the Museum Store Association, Tucker has served as a consultant for other small Museum shops. Even more fortunate for us, all of that experience and expertise comes with a great sense of humor and a cheerful disposition!

Michael McCoy

Michael replaces our longtime custodian, Darrell Monteagudo, who recently retired. We are most grateful to Darrell for his many years of dedicated service to the JMM, for keeping our facilities clean and well organized and we wish him all the best with his future plans.

The Museum building and the historic synagogues have an able caretaker in our new custodian. Mike brings a decade and half of cleaning and maintenance experience to the Museum. He has experience both in keeping spaces hospital-clean (Kennedy Krieger Institute) as well as the demands of the hospitality industry (Suburban Club). His can-do, problem-solving attitude is already improving things at JMM: in his two weeks with us so far, he’s found new and better ways to organize and schedule our maintenance needs.

Stop by the Museum soon and help us make Tucker and Mike feel welcome!

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