Tom Hargrave's first job in the YMCA, after graduating from Knoxville College in Tennessee, was as executive director of the Portsmouth (Va.) YMCA. Over the next 15 years, he held various positions in the YMCA, including assistant director to the college and university YMCAs, branch executive for Florida's First Coast YMCA, executive director in Pasadena, Calif., associate general director of Urban Action of the YMCA of Los Angeles, and the associate general director for program planning and development at the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington.
Beginning in 1973, Hargrave served 19 years as president and chief executive officer of the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. until his retirement in 1992. In Washington, he established the new YMCA headquarters and eliminated the association's $1 million operating deficit. He created partnerships with Ys in India, Gambia, Costa Rica, China, and the Soviet Union. Among his proudest achievements, is the number of staff who served in Washington who went on to become influential YMCA leaders.
In retirement, Hargrave authored several books, including historical novels and histories of the Y. He was the recipient of many prestigious awards, including an honor from the African Alliance of YMCAs.
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