Henry "Hank" McCamish was born and raised in Greenwood, South Carolina and made Atlanta his home after graduating from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1950 with the highest honors. After a career of selling life insurance products across multiple markets, he founded several companies to develop, distribute and administer these products in unique and pioneering ways. He was the founder and Chairman of the McCamish Group and McCamish Systems. Under his direction, the McCamish Group issued over $1.8 billion of annual premium corporate life insurance totaling more than $44 billion of face amount in less than 5 years. Mr. McCamish served as a mentor and role model to many of our community's leaders and he always made time to share his experiences with those who sought his advice. His philanthropy, which was, until recently, private and generally anonymous, targeted a wide variety of charitable endeavors encompassing his passion for his church, children, his alma mater, public policy and wildlife.
In 2013 Mr. McCamish passed away from Parkinson's disease. His grandson, Gordon Beckham and Chicago White Sox’s second baseman pays tribute to the impact McCamish made in his life, by launching an "Out of the Park,'' campaign to raise money for Parkinson's research. In two years, Beckham's efforts have raised $120,000 for the National Parkinson Foundation.
In 2010, Georgia Tech announced that Alexander Memorial Coliseum would undergo a $50 million renovation and would be renamed Hank McCamish Pavilion in honor of a $15 million donation from the McCamish family.
- Listed in the 1965 edition of Outstanding Young Men in America and subsequently in Who's Who in America
- Named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International in November, 1991