John Wilson has been named the 2019 recipient of the IndyBar Estate Planning & Administration Section’s Patricia Paxton Wagner Award for Excellence in Estate Planning and Administration. This award is bestowed annually by the section on a discretionary basis to an estate planning professional selected by the section’s executive committee. Recipients are noted as having “extraordinary efforts and positive achievements” in one or more of four categories relating to estate planning and administration law by the committee.
John joined American Fletcher National Bank (AFNB) in 1979. While he was at AFNB, he worked with Pat Wagner until she retired. In his 32 years at JPMorgan and predecessor banks, he served in estate administration, trust administration, manager of the trust tax department, established a small account unit, acted as manager for Bank One’s Indiana trusts outside of Indianapolis and as manager for major accounts in Indianapolis. Many of the people he hired and worked with have gone on to successful careers, both legal and administrative, in the trust field. He collaborated with fellow employees and members of the estate and trust planning community to provide coordinated services to our mutual clients.
John is a graduate of Indiana University Kelley School of Business and the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. He has written papers and lectured on the subjects of estate planning and administration both for client education and continuing legal education.
John volunteered for the Indianapolis Library Foundation, the Riley Hospital, Building Tomorrow, The Indiana Repertory Theatre, Westminster Neighborhood Services, WFYI, the Indiana Sports Corporation, the Friends of Holliday Park, the Town of North Crow’s Nest and the United Way. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation. He established The Spirit of Giving at the bank which collected and distribute over $200,000 of clothes and toys to children in need.
Patricia Paxton (Pat) Wagner, for whom the award is named, was a prominent and universally respected trust officer with the various banks that eventually became Bank One and then JPMorgan Chase. She was a 1978 alumna of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law and died in July 2004.
Celebrate all of Wilson’s accomplishments as he is honored at this year’s Estate Planning & Administration Section CLE and holiday party on December 17. Register online here!
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