Cyrus Middleton Quigley was a man of intensity and conviction, who died in 1984 at the age of 30. When he died, Mr. Quigley was vice consul of the American Embassy in Bangui, capital city of the Central African Republic, where he had worked for two years.
While in the C.A.R., Mr. Quigley created a boxing program for the young people of Bangui. Through this effort he hoped to instill in many young men the pride and self-confidence that is fundamental to larger life changes.
Mr. Quigley was born in Pittsburgh on July 4, 1953. Although he moved with his parents to Wilton, Connecticut, in 1956, he remained a devoted fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
He was a captain in the Reserve of the U.S. Marine Corps, in which he served from 1973 to 1978. He received his B.A in history from the University of Wisconsin in 1979, entering as a senior after completing correspondence courses during his tour of duty with the Marines. He earned a master’s degree in the humanities from the University of Chicago in 1981.
He was the oldest son of the late Amy Wing Quigley and the late Stephen Middleton Quigley.