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In memoriam: Bill Holding

William B. Holding, a prominent banker and accomplished painter whose joys were his family and music, died peacefully on August 15 in Darien, Connecticut. He was 84.

After a 30-year career at Morgan Guaranty Trust (now JPMorgan Chase) as a senior executive and president of its joint venture in Amsterdam, Bank Morgan Labouchere, Bill founded his own consulting firm, William Holding Associates, in 1991. The firm advised Dutch and other European corporations for more than a decade on investing in the United States.

Bill’s true passion, though, was music and art. Even as a boy, he was a gifted pianist, eager to play for family and friends the pieces that he often composed himself. His bass voice anchored the Whiffenpoofs singing group at Yale College, where he earned his degree in 1955 and was known as “Lo and Be” Holding. Later, he would sing and travel the world with the Yale Alumni Chorus, and church choirs would often perform his highly original compositions.

As a painter, Bill drew on his fascination with the sea, developed as a boy sailing from Larchmont, New York, where he grew up, and as a U.S. Navy lieutenant aboard the heavy cruiser U.S.S. Salem in the Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea. He had a talent for capturing the grace and power of waves, and his works in oil often portrayed sailboats off the coast of Nantucket Island, where he and his family have owned a home, in Siasconset, for many years.

Bill was born in New York, New York on November 9, 1933, the son of Lucile (Burton) and Hunter Holding. He graduated from Mamaroneck High School and Yale, and then served in the navy for two years. He earned an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1959 and immediately joined Morgan Guaranty in New York. He lived in Darien and Siasconset.

Bill is survived by his wife, Judith (Kleinhans), and their three children and their families: Bill Jr., his wife Pam, and their children Will, Chase, and Abby; Chris, his wife Megan, and their children Katherine and Claire; and Wendy, her wife Lindsay, and their children Jasper and Willa. Bill also leaves his beloved sister, Lyn, and brothers Hunter and Reynolds.

A celebration of Bill’s life will take place at St. Luke’s Church, 1864 Post Road in Darien on Friday September 7 at 11am.

Donations in Bill’s memory may be made to St. Luke’s Parish, 1864 Post Road, Darien CT 06820; The Yale Alumni Chorus Foundation Scholarship Fund, PO Box 209036, New Haven, CT 06520-9036 or the Siasconset Union Chapel, 18 New Street, Siasconset, MA 02564. www.lawrencefuneralhome.com

Eng, Dan

Dan Eng was born in Guangzhou, Chi-na, in 1949 and grew up in Newark, N.J. He received a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from the New Jersey Insti-tute of Technology in 1971 and an M.B.A. degree from the Tuck School of Dartmouth College in 1974. Dan has worked in the oil and gas in-dustry his entire career beginning with Exxon and moving on to, Gulf Oil Company, ARCO, British Petroleum, General Electric, Goldman Sachs and OVM Petrom. He has lived and worked in New York City, Houston, Beijing, London, Jakarta and Singapore retiring in 2014. He and his wife Chris live in New Canaan and have three children and four grandchildren. His interests include water color painting, reading, golf, hiking, paddle tennis, ping pong and wood working.

Winter, Herb

Herb Winter was born in Charleston, S.C. in 1945. He grew up in New York City and graduated from Francis Lewis High School in 1963 where he was a member of the track and soccer teams and the print shop club. He graduated from the Academy of Aer-onautics with an A.A.S. degree in mechanical engi-neering and was Sergeant at Arms of the stud-
dent council. He re-ceived a B.S. degree in business administration from the State Universi-ty of New York and an M.B.A. from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. He served in the U.S. Army as a heli-copter mechanic for two years and joined Pratt & Whitney, East Hartford, Conn. in 1970 in engi-neering. Upon retiring in 2009, he was responsi-ble for the development of the non-destructive inspection of facture critical military engine parts. His work took him to the flight line at JFK International Airport; the U.S.A.F. jet engine repair depot San Antonio, Texas; the Israeli Air Force, Tel Aviv, for six years; the Royal Norwe-gian Air Force, Oslo for five years; and the U.S.A.F, RAF Lankenheath, England, for three years. Herb and his wife Gaby live in Norwalk and have two children and four grandchildren. He enjoys gardening, reading, traveling and tink-ering.

Bernhardy, Gary

Gary Bernhardy was born in 1943 in Lyndon, Ill., in and grew up in Morrison, Ill. He graduated from high school in 1961 where he played freshman and sophomore football and was a trombone player in the marching band and the concert orchestra. He received a B.S. degree from Calvin College and a B.S. and M.S. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois and was a member of the So-ciety of Automotive engineers. He received an M.B.A. degree in finance and economics from New York University. His first job was with the family owned business, Bernhardy Motors, where he be-came the rotary power mower expert in town at the age of 15. He began his business career with Medema Van Kooten Associates, land surveyors. He went on to work with a number of companies including Esso Research and Engineering, Mobil Oil, Atlantic Richfield and American Can. In 1983 he became self-employed working with startup and turnaround companies. He is a Certified Turnaround Professional and a Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor He and his wife Linda live in Darien and are members of the Middlesex Swim Club. He enjoys auto racing, working on older sports cars, traveling and watching football.

Bosee, John

John Bosee was born in 1952 in New York City and grew up in Old Green-wich, Conn. He graduated in 1970 from the Loomis Chaffee School where he played football, lacrosse and wrestled. He also played the drums in bands and raced sailboats. He received a B.A. degree in interdisciplinary studies from Bethany College in 1974 where he was active in sports, student government, was a disk jockey on a radio station and performed and directed theater productions. He received a J.D. degree in 1977 from Brooklyn College. He has worked for various law firms in New York City and Connecticut and tried hundreds of commercial cases. He was appointed assistant district attorney, Queens County, N.Y. and later joined the law firm of Kroll and Tract to do international insurance litigation. He also works with international students from over 22 countries and currently supervises 23 Chinese students in Rockland County, N.Y. He and his wife Juanita live in Darien and have two children. John was a commissioner for the Charter Revision Commission, Darien, and served three years as a Representative to the Darien Town Meeting. He is a member of the First Congregational Church and at the Darien YMCA served as water front director for the past two summers.

Yezzi, Tony

Tony Yezzi was born in Albany, N.Y., in 1952 and grew up in Loudonville, N.Y. He graduated from Shaker High School in 1970 where he played football and was on the track team. He went on to receive a B.S. degree in industrial engineering from Lehigh University in 1974 and an M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1976. That same year he went to work for Hewitt Associates Inc., now AON, in Chica-go where he worked as a pension actuary and later retired in 2015. Tony and his wife Jane live in Darien and have two adult children. He is a member of the Society of Actuaries and enjoys golf, bowling, sports and the theater.

Selkowitz, Jan

Jan Selkowitz was born in Pittsfield, Mass., in 1944 and graduated from Lenox Prep School in 1961 where he was on the tennis, ski and soccer teams as well as a member of the French Club and the school newspaper. He received a B.A. degree in French and economics in 1966 from St. Lawrence University where he was a member of the ski team and coached the women’s ski team. He studied one year at the Sorbonne in Paris. Upon graduating, he taught French at the Lenox School and then joined Sportswear International Ltd for 18 years. He then became president of Salem Straits Ltd, and for the next 29 years spent much of his time working in Asia, Turkey and Africa. Jan and his wife Min live in Darien and have two children. He is a member of the Tokeneke Club, the Pitts-field Country Club and Chelsea Piers. He en-joys skiing, tennis, reading, movies and traveling with his family.

Renz, Roger

Roger Renz was born in Eng-lewood, N.J, in 1943 and gradu-ated in 1961 from Ramsey, N.J., High School where he was a member of the cross-country team. He received a B.S. de-gree in electrical engineering from Lehigh University in 1965 and an M.B.A. from Columbia University in 1967. He began two years active duty in the U.S. Army in 1967. In 1969, he joined IBM as a salesman in the Washington, D.C. area and held various jobs in com-puter sales, product management and pricing. Upon leaving IBM in 2010, he spent five years with Das-sault Systemes and retired in 2015. Roger and his wife Shirley live in Rowayton. He has two children and his wife has three children. There are four grand-children. He is a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Stamford and enjoys skiing and sailing.

Fritsch, Steve

Steve Fritsch was born in Hartford, Conn., in 1944 and graduated from Wethersfield High School in 1962. He attended the Paier College of Art in 1966, served in the U.S. Army for two years and returned to the Pair College of Art on a scholarship. Upon graduating in 1969, he went to work at the BBDO World Wide advertising agency in New York City as an art di-rector working on a variety of accounts including Pepsi International, The Wall Street Journal and Citibank. In 1978 he began freelance work on his own that includ-ed humorous illustrations. Retiring in 1998, he began fine art painting of land-scapes and seascapes that he exhibits throughout Fairfield County. He and his wife Linda live in Darien and have two children. He is past president of the Darien Lions Club and a member of the Roton Point Association and the Rowayton Art Center.

McLachlin, Harry

Harry McLachlin was born in San Francsico, CA., in 1948 and later moved with his family to Tenalfy, New Jersey, where he graduated in 1965 from high school and was a member of the Math Club and played varsity baseball and bas-ketball. He received a B.A. degree in history in 1969 from Carleton College. He received a J.D.  degree from the University of Washington in 1977 and was managing editor of the Washington Law Review.  Harry’s service in the U.S. Navy included Sup-ply Officer on the USS Sam Rayburn after at-tending officer candidate school, supply school and submarine school.He began his career in banking and finance law with the law firm of Davis, Wright Todd, Riese & Jones in Seattle, Wash., and later worked for the Algemene Bank Nederland in Amsterdam; the ABN Bank in Chicago; Mitsubishi Capital in New York; and the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubish in New York. He retired in 2010.  Harry and his wife Marjolein live in Darien and have two adult children. He is a member of the Alliance Francaise of Greenwich, ABC in Darien, the First Congregational Church of Darien and the Darien Book Aid. His interests include travel in France and Europe, reading history, hiking and French culture chansons.

McGroarty, Robert

Robert McGroarty was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1945 and graduated from St. Johns Preparatory School in 1962 where he was on the swimming team and the school newspa-per. He received a B.S. degree in Political Science in 19667 from the University of Scran-ton and was a class officer, played intramural sports and managed a band. He began his business career in 1967 as a media buyer with Needham, Harper and Steers advertising agency in New York City and in 1969 joined Life Magazine in Cleveland, Ohio, selling advertising. He then joined the CBS Radio Division in 1971 serving in various executive positions in New York City and Boston. He went on to work for Warner Communications in cable television and started a programing company with two former CBS executives. Later he worked at Citibank, Greenwich Capital, and Eaton Associates and then started RGM Consulting and Bridge 1 Advisors. Robert and his wife Betsy live in Rowayton and have three chil-dren and eight grandchildren. He is a member of Score and the Silvermine Golf Club. He enjoys golf, boat-ing, reading, politics, exercise and travel.

McCollum, David

David McCollum was born in Aurora, Ill., in 1941 and was raised in Glen Ellyn, Ill. He graduated from Glenbard Township High School in 1959, where he played golf and basketball and served as business manager of the yearbook. He received a B.A. degree in economics from Dart-mouth College in 1963 and was captain of the golf team, treasurer of Sigma Alpa Epsilon fraternity and treasurer of the Interfraternity Council. He received an M.B.A. degree in 1965 from Stanford University Graduate School of Business. His 32-year career with Citi-group began in 1965 in New York City and included one year in Boston and three years in Manila. He retired in 2001 as customer group executive in charge of half of North Amer-ica. David and his wife Suzanna recently moved from Darien to Rowayton and have three children and 10 grandchildren. He is past president of Wee Burn Country Club and past captain of The 200 Club. He is a member of the National Golf Links of America, the Taconic Golf Club and Rowayton Yacht Club. He en-joys golf, skiing, travel, reading, crossword puzzles, gardening and time with his family.

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