Deeased October 7, 1998
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It is with enormous sadness that Jim Corrigan, Sam DeSimone, Tom Eagleton, and Phil deGozzaldi report the death of our classmate and friend, Tony Zulfer.
Tony died on October 7, 1998 just a few days before the wedding of his daughter, Andrea. He insisted that the wedding go forward as planned and Andrea and her husband, Jerry Gibbs, complied with his wishes.
Tony was one of the true scholars in the Amherst Class of '50. Despite his intellect, he joined Delta Kappa Epsilon and thereby, by himself, raised the grade point average of the entire fraternity. He majored in Latin and Greek, a rather curious prelude to the investment business. He always maintained that if you could "master the great languages," you could cope with whatever might be ahead in life.
By his allegiance to traditional values, Tony might be classified as a conservative. By his inherent sense of fairness and decency, he might be classified as something of a social progressive.
An intense political discussion took place on one hectic Saturday night in the Deke house. As the discussion was about to fade away, Tony was enjoying it so that he decided to increase the tempo and said, with purposeful facetious ness, "Cal Coolidge [Amherst, 1895] was too far left for me."
When Tony became a friend, he was your friend for life. Reader’s Digest had biographical sketches entitled, "The Most Unforgettable Person I've Ever Met." All friends of Tony Zulter would affirm that to them he had that "unforgettable" quality.
Tony loved his prep school, Shattuck, and shared the same affection for Amherst College. He loved the summers in Lake Geneva, WI, especially sailing. Nothing pleased him more than to have his Amherst classmates stop by for a visit.
Come the month of March of every year, it was spring training for the Chicago White Sox in Sarasota, FL. Baseball was part of his inner being. Although the White Sox team was his personal favorite, he was hugely honored when he became a director of the San Diego Padres in the 1980s.
Music was a big part of Tony's life-especially the "Big Bands" of the '40s and '50s.
After graduating from Amherst, Tony received an MBA from Harvard Business School and was recruited by the Chicago investment management firm of Stein, Roe and Farnham. It was his first job and became his job for life forty- five years as a respected partner. Loyalty was a pervasive part of Tony's psyche.
Above all these things-scholarship, baseball, music, investments-was Tony's love for his daughter, Andrea. To him, Andrea was the world and Andrea felt the same about him. In her, the spirit, character, and quality of Tony Zulfer lives on.
Jim Corrigan '50
Sam DeSimone '50
Tom Eagleton '50
Phil deGozzaldi '50