By nearly any measure, John M. Tsimbinos is a civic-minded banker. While working his way up the corporate ladder, he taught evening and weekend courses in banking and corporate finance at Queens College, part of his alma mater, City University of New York.

In June 1993, 10 years after becoming chairman of T R Financial Corp., he took the mutually held Garden City, N.Y., thrift company public and enriched thousands of depositors.

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