Albert Hamilton Gordon
|Albert Hamilton Gordon|
|Born||July 21, 1901
Scituate, Massachusetts, USA
|Died||May 1, 2009
New York, New York, USA
|Occupation||Wall Street entrepreneur|
Albert Hamilton Gordon (July 21, 1901 – May 1, 2009), was an American businessman who transformed the Wall Street firm of Kidder Peabody. He bought the firm in 1931 and remained its chairman until selling it to General Electric in 1986. He made cold calls to potential clients well into his 90s and continued to come to his office at Deltec Asset Management several times a week until he was over 100.
During his life, he was well known for his physical fitness. He made it a habit to walk from downtown New York to Idlewild/JFK Airport, and was also known to walk to hotels rather than take a cab from the airport. He began running marathons in his 80s, exercised daily until his death, and would regularly play golf, without a golf cart, carrying his own clubs (although he usually made do with only a handful of clubs, rather than an entire bag). He later attributed his longevity to his dedication to physical fitness
Past 100 years old he continued to serve as the chairman of the Trollope Society and as chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Roxbury Latin School, having graduated from there in 1919 and served as a Trustee since 1940; among his philanthropic activities were generous donations both to the School and to Harvard University. Unknown to many as a bibliophile, Gordon donated the only surviving copy of John Eliot’s 1663 “Indian Bible” to Roxbury Latin School
In his latest years Gordon was still actively involved in investments and was bearish on U.S. stocks prior to the Financial crisis of 2007-2010. At the time of his death, he was the oldest living alumnus of The Roxbury Latin School, Harvard College and Harvard Business School. He was also a trustee of the New York Road Runners Club.
- Martin, Douglas (May 1, 2009). "Albert Gordon, Who Rebuilt Kidder Peabody, Dies at 107". The New York Times. Retrieved May 2, 2009.
- Website of the Trollope Society
- "Gordon, Wall Street Icon at 105, Avoids U.S. Stocks (Update1)". Bloomberg. August 30, 2006.
- Harvard University Gazette Online