Chairman Norman Knight Retires

We care for those who care for us.


October 6, 2015 – Boston — The Hundred Club of Mass., Inc. announced that Norman Knight, a well-known Boston philanthropist and entrepreneur, has retired from his position of Chairman of the Board of Directors, a position he has held since 1959 when he co-founded the Club. Knight nominated John T. Lynch to succeed him. Lynch was unanimously elected Chairman by the Board. The Hundred Club assists the families of firefighters and police officers who make the ultimate sacrifice. These benefits include cash grants, scholarships, counseling, tuition, camps, special events and other benefits that continue from year-to-year. The Club has approximately 1,500 members and under Knight’s guidance it has become one of the preeminent charities of its type in the U.S.

Knight said, “One of the greatest honors of my life has been to be associated with the Hundred Club. Over my 56-year tenure at the Club, I have been privileged to meet on behalf of the Club the widows and children of our fallen heroes. A supportive and nurturing bond was formed with many of these families that helped them to endure their loss and know that their fallen heroes would never be forgotten. I was given much more from them.”
“Firefighters and police officers take an oath to protect the public they serve at all costs,” said Knight. “When the unthinkable happens to firefighters and police officers is when the Hundred Club is there to help. For 56 years the Hundred Club has assisted the families of our fallen firefighters and police officers. In my role as Chairman of the Club I have met some of the bravest people in America and I will always hold them in the highest regard.”

Knight’s philanthropy in Greater Boston has focused on helping those that help us. When he learned that two firefighters nearly died after heavy smoke inhalation caused them to be taken to a hyperbaric center in Connecticut because there wasn’t one in Massachusetts, he endowed the Norman Knight Hyperbaric Medicine Center at Mass Eye and Ear. The Norman Knight Hyperbaric Medicine Center has helped thousands of patients and saved hundreds of lives since opening in 1997. Knight also endowed the Norman Knight Nursing Center for Clinical and Professional Development at MGH and the Norman Knight Nursing Center at Mass Eye and Ear.

Lynch has been a member of the Club for almost 40 years, serving as a member of the Board of Directors and legal counsel to the Club for 30 years. Lynch is a Managing Director and member of the Executive Committee of Davis, Malm & D’Agostine, P.C., a downtown Boston law firm. His area of expertise is in corporate law and particularly in the area of serving as general outside counsel to various companies. Lynch also serves as a trustee of various funded private trusts. He has the highest possible peer rating for a lawyer from Martindale-Hubbell and is currently recognized as a Super Lawyer in Massachusetts. Lynch is a graduate of Wheeling Jesuit University and the University of Notre Dame Law School. From 1969 – 1972, Lynch served in the U.S. Army. He graduated from Officers Candidate School at Fort Belvoir, Virginia and the U.S. Army Counterintelligence School at Fort Holabird, Maryland, serving for two years as a counterintelligence officer (First Lieutenant) with the 205th Military Intelligence Detachment in Frankfurt, Germany.

Lynch is a Life Fellow and member of the Board of Trustees of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation, which is a Massachusetts charitable corporation providing equal access to the legal system for the most vulnerable. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Fallen Firefighter Memorial Fund, Inc. Lynch resides with his wife Sandy in Boston.
“I feel honored and humbled to be elected to succeed Norman Knight as Chairman. I am totally committed to follow the creed of the Club in regard to our beneficiary families – “We care for those who care for us,” said Lynch.