Some people credit their life’s success to being in the right place at the right time. For Don Shruhan ’73, it was more the case of the right school at the right time. Coming to CM from the Boston public school system, Shruhan believes that it is how the school taught the kids who were in the middle of the pack, as he was. “If it wasn’t for that extra help, and recognizing that that’s all I needed, I could have been one of those kids that I used to run wild with back in those days. Those were the guys I ended up catching when I was in law enforcement,” he laughs. Today, Shruhan is the Director of Global IP Investigations for Apple, having spent his career in the government and private sector chasing money launderers, and major fraudsters around the globe. Think of him as Dick Tracy with a fat passport.
Shruhan comes from the school of thought that teaches humility, helping others, and never forgetting where you came from. “My father lost his job when the factory he worked in closed. As a way of giving back, my parents looked after the newborns of unwed mothers. At 12, I was changing diapers of these infants and learned from my parents that no matter your circumstances you find a way to give back.”
These days, Shruhan does what his parents instilled. As the first person in his family to go to college and make it to the top of companies like Pfizer, and Apple it’s fair to say that he’s a success. Giving back to CM is a priority. In order to compete with schools that are larger and have been around much longer, it’s the alumni who can make the difference. “If you can invest in an endowment fund you can benefit yourself as a taxpayer while making sure the place you believe in receives the kind of donation that says, ‘thanks.’”