Former Board President Nick Coyne ’50 Dies

Sunday, July 11, 2021
W.C. “Nick” Coyne ’50

W. Carroll “Nick” Coyne ’50, who was a member of Mercersburg’s Board of Regents for 27 years and served as its president from 1974 to 1982, passed away June 24 in Cazenovia, NY. He was 89.

Born February 6, 1932, Coyne attended Mercersburg for two years before graduating in 1950. His stepfather, George Manley (1913), and two cousins, Jim Flanagan ’36 and Tom Flanagan ’38, preceded him at the Academy. Coyne played football, basketball, and baseball and was a member of the Glee Club and Stony Batter Players at Mercersburg, where he lived in ’Eighty-eight Dormitory and Keil Hall. 

Coyne went on to Syracuse University, where he played basketball and baseball and earned bachelor’s and J.D. degrees; he would later serve as a Syracuse trustee and was part of the search committee for Hall of Fame basketball coach Jim Boeheim, who has been head coach at the school since 1976.

Read Coyne’s printed obituary from the [Syracuse] Post-Standard

Coyne retired as managing partner of Hancock Estabrook LLP, where he practiced labor-relations law. He held leadership posts on numerous other nonprofit boards, including for Le Moyne College, the United Way, InterFaith Works, and Syracuse Stage.

He was asked to join Mercersburg’s Alumni Council in 1962, and served in that role until 1965, when he joined the Board of Regents. Coyne became the Board’s eighth president in 1974, succeeding John Detwiler ’29. Coyne later served a two-year term as Board vice president (1988 to 1990). He retired from the Board in 1992.

Coyne was one of 26 members of his family to attend Mercersburg. The list includes his daughter, Tracy Coyne Tenney ’77; two grandsons, Miles Hearon ’16 and Aicher Hearon ’19; current Regent Dave Flanagan ’81 (his nephew); and Director of Alumni and Parent Relations Jenn Flanagan Bradley ’99 (his great-niece).

A service will be held Thursday, July 15, at 10 a.m. at St. James Church in Cazenovia, NY. Michael Brown Funeral Services in Cazenovia is handling arrangements. Memorials may be made to Mercersburg Academy, Office of Advancement and Alumni Relations, 100 Academy Drive, Mercersburg, PA 17236, or online at