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President , business executive , makers of Advil

John W. Culligan was an American business executive at American Home Products , the makers of Advil, Anacin and Preparation H. With a break for service in World War II, Culligan started in AHP's mailroom in 1937, and stayed there through his service as the company's chairman and chief executive from 1981 to 1986.


Culligan, John William was born on November 22, 1916 in Newark. Son of John Jay and Elizabeth (Kearns) Culligan.


He was president and CEO of Whitehall Laboratories during the 1960s. As the company's president from 1973 to 1981, Culligan was responsible for the conversion of Advil to an over-the-counter drug. As CEO, he sold off product lines unrelated to medicine and pharmaceuticals, and acquired Ives Laboratories and Sherwood Medical to bolster the core business lines.

Culligan stepped down as CEO and was succeeded by John R. Stafford in December 1986, with Culligan remaining as chairman of AHP's executive committee. Culligan died in his home in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey om December 11, 2004.


Board of directors president Valley Hospital Foundation, Ridgewood, New Jersey. Member of advisory board St. Benedict's Preparatory School, Newark. Chairman Archbishop's Committee of Laity, Newark.

Wtih Army of the United States, 1942-1946. Member Non-Prescription Drug Manufacturers Association (honorary vice president), New York Athletic Club, Sky Club, Union League Club (New York City), Hackensack Golf Club (president), Knights of Malta, Knights of St. Gregory, Knights of Holy Sepulchre, Friendly Sons of St. Patrick.


Married Rita M. Culligan (deceased 1993), children: Nancy, Mary Carol, Elizabeth, Sheila (deceased 1988), Jack, Neil.

John Jay Culligan

Elizabeth (Kearns) Culligan

Rita M. Culligan

Nancy Culligan

Mary Carol Culligan

Elizabeth Culligan

Sheila Culligan (deceased 1988)

Jack Culligan

Neil Culligan