John J. Gould

John J. Gould, 86, of Everett and Chatham, Mass., died July 30 in New Hampshire.

He was a reporter for the former Boston Herald Traveler. He covered the sinking of the Andrea Doria and the Boston Strangler case, among other stories.

He then was employed briefly at the Associated Industries of Massachusetts, a trade group made up 3,000 manufacturers and financial institutions.

He helped President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964 when he needed Gould’s assistance with his election campaign in Massachusetts. He called Gould to Washington for help with presidential visits in the state.

During the 1964 election, Gould was an adviser to the president and White House staff.

He later was senior vice president for government and investor relations at the former Shawmut Bank of Boston. He was also secretary to the Coordinating Committee of Boston, known as The Vault, which included the top 25 chief executive officers in the city.

In 1988, Gould became chief executive officer of the Associated Industries of Massachusetts.

He had been a chairman of the Boston School Committee.

He leaves a son, Michael; a daughter, Eileen; six grandchildren, Emily, Andrew, Jessica, Jennifer, Hannah and Charlie; a brother.

The obituaries were written, at least in part, from published reports by Bulletin correspondent Nimra Aziz, an undergraduate student in the Northeastern University School of Journalism.