R.I.P. Tim Quigley

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Tim Quigley

Tim Quigley

Tim Quigley, of San Jose, CA, died on Friday, March 15th, 2024.

Born on September 22, 1945 in Wabasha, MN, Tim was a graduate of the US Naval Academy (Class of 1967), received an executive management certification from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government and was the former Course President for SC 79 of the NATO Defense College. Tim also served as President, NATO Defense College US ANCIENS Association. His recent areas of specialization were South China Sea research and NATO – Russia Dialogue.

A Chair Emeritus of the Sister Cities International, (SCI), Network and Global Envoy, Tim Quigley also served as the SCI Region Representative for the Near East and SCI Representative for the following jurisdictions: Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Republic of Italy, Vatican City, Kingdom of Bahrain, Taiwan and Australia. He was also the President of the Sister Cities Foundation, which Tim helped to create.

A Vietnam War naval aviator veteran, Tim Quigley worked in the public and private sectors for over the past fifty years. A retired US Navy Captain, his senior leadership positions were Commanding Officer, US Naval Air Station Moffett Field, California; Executive Assistant to NATO Commander-in-Chief, Allied Forces Southern Europe and US Naval Force Europe; Deputy Director, Strategy, Plans and Programs for the Department of the Navy, and Naval Director, JCS Officer of Military Services for Disaster Response.

In private sector, Tim was the Executive Director of the Silicon Valley Global Trading Center, President/CEO, Silicon Valley Defense/Space Industry Consortium and the Volunteer Center of Silicon Valley. Tim later worked as Chairman/CEO, NPG Multimedia Productions. In addition, his many civic roles in the San Jose area included serving as a board member for the San Jose Symphony, the San Jose Police Foundation, and a member of the Rotary.

As a citizen diplomat, Tim Quigley:

  • Was a 20-year board member and served a five-year term as Chair and President of the San Jose – Dublin Sister City Program. Most notably, Tim chaired during the Irish Centenary 2016 All Ireland – US Sister Cities Mayors Summit and in 2012 created the Pat McMahon Post Graduate Exchange Scholarship. He has traveled extensively throughout Ireland and is a recipient of the prestigious Spirit of Ireland Award.
  • Lived and worked in Rome and Naples, Italy, United Kingdom, and the European Union for five years in addition to Perth, Australia;  Manama, Bahrain; Bandar Abbas, Iran,; Dhahran, Saudi Arabia; Japan (mainland and Okinawa); Thailand; Taiwan; the Philippines, and Vietnam.
  • Was involved with SCI activities that joined together to help Ukraine.
  • Was the Chair of the San Jose-Ekaterinburg Sister City Organization having visited both Russia Federation and Ekaterinburg numerous times and worked with the Union of Russian Cities (URC) over the past two decades. 
  • Previously served on the Region of Moscow/Santa Clara County, California Sister County Commission, championing public safety best practice collaboration.

Tim Quigley is survived by his partner of more than 20 years, Tsuyoshi Hashimoto of Kumamoto Japan, his daughter Ashley Jardine of Oakland, CA; sons Aaron Quigley (Jenny) of San Jose, CA; Nathan Quigley (Corinne) of San Francisco, CA; and Joshua Quigley (Tracy Gondo) of Oakland, CA; his siblings Cathy (Ray) Wicks of Woodbury, MN; Mary (John) Stevens of Marshalltown, IA; Eileen Quigley of Silver Spring, MD; Kevin (Camie) Quigley of South St. Paul, MN; John Quigley of Eagle Rock, CA; his seven grandchildren and his great-grandson. Tim was previously married to Mary Lynn Ashburn of Sonora, CA.

One thought on “R.I.P. Tim Quigley

  1. Captain Quigley, you were one of my favorites. A skipper with a great sense of humor. As a 3rd Class Petty officer, at Moffett Field, VP-47, you used to kid me about the dirt behind my ears. You always had a smile on your face. Unlike many of our leaders you were always approachable. Gosh, sir this isn’t easy, I missed you when I transferred from VP-47 to AIMD. God has a great place in Heaven, designed just for you!

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