Deceased April 12, 2014
One of our more enthusiastic classmates, Eric Emory, passed away in April shortly before our reunion, an event where he played a very important role these past 15 years.
It was Eric who generously provided music for our reunions--a dance band or a Dixieland jazz group. This he did by himself, organizing the musicians and handling their transportation and lodging. But he will be missed for far more than this thoughtful enhancement of these gatherings.
As an Amherst track team member, his primary success was swimming with coach Tug Kennedy. A native New Yorker, he went to high school in Michigan, where he became a state swimming record holder and, more importantly, became engaged to his high school sweetheart, Bonnie.
After the Navy and now married, he and Bonnie ended up in the G.I. Village on campus. They had 30 "fabulous years" together, three children and one grandchild, but she died tragically in Acapulco in 1983.
His business career was on Wall Street after his M.B.A. from Columbia, where he studied under the legendary Benjamin Graham and later wrote a book on investing that was read by such notables as our Joe Kingman '49 and Omaha's Warren Buffett.
Early on he worked with Don Riefler '49 at Guaranty Trust Co. He worked with American Express in New York and Switzerland before resigning in 1970 to manage his own investment boutique. Success enabled him to establish a visiting professorship in adolescent psychiatry at the University of Michigan.
He is survived by his wife, Linda (daughter of legendary composer Richard Rodgers), and the offspring noted above. His marriage reinforced his love of music. A full life indeed: 88 years, but always too soon. I had a nice chat with Linda and learned that they held a memorial service in Scarsdale on April 17.
Gerry Reilly '49