Category: Members (page 1 of 10)

Spurgeon, Woody

Stevenson, Ward

MacGuire, Mac

Kwedar, Tony

Saksena, Sunil

Sunil was born in Lucknow, India in 1944. He graduated high school from La Martiniere College, Lucknow ( Google that) and received a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee.

He worked at Union Carbide India before proceeding to University of California at Berkeley for graduate work. He received both a Masters Degree in Engineering as well as an MBA from Berkeley. He worked as a Mechanical Engineer at American Can Company in San Francisco where his claim to fame is he designed the machine that puts the can cover on the beer can making it safe for you beer drinkers to imbibe. For the majority of his career he was in finance: first, as an international banker with Bankers Trust Company serving in Mumbai, Singapore and New York and then, as an investment advisor with Fidelity Investments from which he retired in 2004.

He and his wife, Deepika have lived in Darien since 1985. They have two sons, one a doctor and the the other a lawyer.

Wheelock, Peter

Born in New Rochelle, 1949, grew up nearby in Larchmont. Went to Mamaroneck High School, 1967, Soccer; Student Council; Honor Society, Sailing Club. From there he went to Dartmouth College, BA, 1971, Economics, Geography; Rugby, WDCR Radio, then to NYU, MBA, Finance, 1983.

1971-1975 in the United States Navy, LT, USS Mobile (LKA-115), Western Pacific;
1975-1979 Chase Manhattan Bank, Commercial Banker;
1979-1986 Crocker Bank/Wells Fargo, Commercial Banker;
1986-2009 Bank of America, Commercial Banker, Bankruptcy Restructuring and Recovery Practice

Married to Candy Wheelock; 3 sons John (Washington, DC) David (Los Angeles), Matthew (New York City)

Member of Silvermine Golf Club; Darien Boat Club; St. Luke’s Parishioner and Community Supper Volunteer

Hobbies include Golf, Fishing, & Writing

Close, Bill

Bill Close was born in Washington, D.C. in 1931 and grew up in Summit, NJ where he graduated from Summit High School in 1949.   He was captain of the soccer team and ran the high hurdles for the track team. At Princeton, he was Batallion Commander of the NROTC unit his senior year and went on to serve three years in the Navy from 1953-1956 as a deck officer in the USS Warrington, a destroyer based in Newport, RI.  After his naval service he went to Harvard for an MBA and then on to Wall Street with first, Smith Barney and then, in 1962, with E.F. Hutton as a floor partner on the New York Stock Exchange. There he traded for Hutton until 1988 when he changed to a sole proprietorship. Retiring from the Exchange in 1994 he has continued to live in Rowayton and Norwalk up to the present.

Sailing and skiing were the main activities for many years with Bermuda Races and Ski Club trips all a part of the mix along with a fair amount of world travel. He has three sons and a daughter as well as a stepson and stepdaughter. He and his wife, Stephanie have been married for 27 years. They have 12 grandchildren.

He is a member of the New York Yacht Club, the Cruising Club of America and the Sachem’s Head Yacht Club, as well the as the United Church of Rowayton and the Darien Men’s Association.

Life Is Full!!!!!!

Cavanagh, Lawrence

Lawrence Cavanagh: Seven and a Half Decades in 2 Minutes.

Lawrence is that rare commodity, a Rowaytonite who is also a native Norwalker (4th or 5th generation, depending on how one counts it).  For the better part of a century, the Cavanagh family was involved in Norwalk’s hatting industry.  He graduated from Portsmouth Abbey School in Rhode Island and spent two years at the Georgetown School of Foreign Service, having too much fun. After several years in the Merchant Marine and the Navy, he followed his mother’s advice and went to business school, earning a BS (1971) and an MBA (1973) in Finance and Economics from the Stern School of Business at NYU.  First several jobs were in foreign exchange, first with or the New York Federal Reserve Bank, then with Business International and then with European American Bank. In 1985, he was hired by the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) to work with their currency product.  For the twenty-plus years until retirement in 2011, he worked at Value Line, where he ran the company’s online stock options service (responsible for modeling, database, website, and editorial content).  Lawrence is married to Eleanor Riemer, whom he met at NYU while he was finishing his MBA and she was getting her PHD in history.  Together, they are officers of the Inisfad Foundation, a 90-year-old institution, involved mainly in local causes, including scholarships at Norwalk Community College, where Eleanor served for three years as Foundation Board Chair, and the Norwalk Symphony, where Lawrence serves a Board member.


Thompson, Doug

Born 1940 in Fenton MI.  Awarded BS in Chemical Engineering from Michigan State University 1962.  Started career in General Electric’s Manufacturing Management Training Program 1965.  Went on to International Sales &  Marketing at Shipley Co in Newton, MA.

Elected to American Society of Electroplated Plastics trade association President & Hall of Fame. Published multiple technical articles including: Society Automotive Engineers, Interference Control, Products Finishing, Society of Plastics Engineering.

Now is in Real Estate Rental Properties Investment/Management
He’s a Duplicate Bridge certified teacher & director. Rank: Gold Life Master
Resides in Rowayton CT with Bridge Partner & Life Partner Karen Barrett
Son Aaron resides in Maynard, MA with Grand Son Bodie who saved the life on man drowning on Walden Pond July 2018.

Winship, Bill

William M Winship III was born in Scarsdale NY in 1931.  He earned a BA from Hamilton College where he played football ,ice hockey, and lacrosse.  He was on the Green Bay Packers draft list.  He received an MBA from the Wharton School at U of PA.

Married to Nancy Apgar.  They have three married children – Sandra (Cheshire CT) , Anne (Cape Elizabeth ME) Will (Andover MA) and eleven Grandchildren – ages 26 to 11.

His career was in the printing industry where he was executive and partner of McCall Printing Co,
Arcata, Graphic Arts Center, Danbury Printing (BANTA).

He’s a member of Tokeneke Club (former governor and other committees), Tokeneke
Association (past president and board member), DMA (past president , board
member and social committee chairman).

Hobbies- Skiing (National Ski Patrol 25 years), Tennis (GOB’s member),
Watching Grandchildren play high school and college sports.

Sweeney, Ed

Born in Weymouth, MA 1949, grew up in Hingham, MA.  Attended Archbishop Williams High School- Braintree, MA, Class of 1967, 4 years ice hockey. Education includes St. Anselms College-Manchester, NH – BA, University of Notre Dame, So Bend, IN – BS Civil Engineering 1972 – Varsity Sailing, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA – MS Civil Engineering – 1974.

Registered Professional Engineer in CT and CA.   Work: Carollo Engineers – Walnut Creek, CA – Consulting Engineer,  Dorr Oliver Inc- Stamford, CT – Sales Engineer(industrial filtration),  Dorr Oliver Environmental Systems Inc. – Milford, CT – VP Sales (water & wastewater filtration systems), Krauss Maffei Corp – Munich & Rowayton, CT- Sales Manager (industrial filtration), Flottweg Separation Technology, Inc – Munich and Rowayton, CT – Industry Manager – Filtration systems for petro chemical and mineral processing.

Wife of 38 years Vivian residing in New Canaan after 34 years in Darien.  Son Ryan living in Darien and son Tim living in London.

Past Commodore, Director and member of Noroton Yacht Club.  Past President of retired member of Darien Winter Club(ice hockey).  Member of Silvermine Golf Club.  Former member of the Town of Darien Environmental Protection Commission.  New Canaan Men’s Club.

Active competitive sailor,  golfing, avid Red Sox, Bruins, Patriots and Notre Dame fan.

Barksdale, Ed W. Jr.

Little Rock, Arkansas 1945 and grew up in Atlanta.   Went to
W. F. Dykes High School, 1963, Active in Student Government.  Attended Duke University, BA in Economics, 1966.  Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, MBA in Finance, 1968

1968—General Dynamics, New York, Pension Officer
1969—Mitchum, Jones and Templeton, a division of which was spun off to
become Callan Associates. San Francisco, Ran the performance measurement
and investment manager tracking staff and systems.
1973—Dreher Rogers, LLC, New York, Pension and Investment Consultant to
institutional investors

1976—Rogers, Casey and Barksdale, LLC, Stamford, CT, Consultant to institutional clients and managed the technical staff and systems

1987—The fund management activities of Rogers, Casey and Barksdale, LLC were purchased by a group of insiders to form RCB International, Stamford, CT. Senior Partner in the firm which created multi-manager investment programs for institutional and high net worth clients
1995—RCB International was purchased by Northern Trust of Chicago. Our
offices were in Stamford. I was President and CEO or Northern Trust Global
Advisors and Northern Trust of Connecticut.
2000—Cofounder of Federal Street Partners, LLC. Stamford, CT. The firm
created pooled vehicles focused on alternative, primarily hedge funds.
2018—All outside capital has been returned. The firm is now focused on partner
capital and advice to a small number of long-time clients.

Wife is Joan and children are Ted (Tokyo), Scott (Freeport, Maine) and Anne
(Missoula, Montana). 11 grandchildren

Member of Tokeneke Club, Wee Burn Country Club, Noroton Yacht Club, Campfire Club & Lost Tree Club

Enjoys boating in the summer, skiing in the winter


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