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John Peter Birkelund

John Peter Birkelund, American investment company executive. Chair Thomas J. Watson Institute for International Studies, Providence; trustee New York Public Library., New York City, since 1990, Frick Collection, 2004; Member Council Foreign Relations, Phi Beta Kappa (senate, since 2004), The Links Club, University Club, The Blind Brook Club, Clove Valley Rod and Gun Club.

Background

  • Birkelund, John Peter was born on June 23, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Son of George R. and Ruth (Olsen) Birkelund.

  • Education

    • AB, Princeton University, 1952. Doctorate (honorary), Brown University, 2002.

    Career

    • Consultant Booz Allen & Hamilton, Chicago, 1956. Vice president Amsterdam Overseas Corporation, New York City, 1956-1967. Co-founder, chairman New Court Securities Corporation, 1967-1981.

      President Dillon, Read & Company, Inc., 1981-1986, Chief Executive Officer, 1986-1993, chairman, 1994-1997. Senior advisor Union Bank of Switzerland Warburg LLC, 1998—2002. General partner Saratoga Partners, Darby Overseas Partners, Washington.

      Chairman Polish-American Enterprise Fund, Polish.-American Freedom Foundation, National Humanities Center, North Carolina. Lieutenant United States Naval Reserve, 1953-1955.

    Membership

    Chair Thomas J. Watson Institute for International Studies, Providence. Trustee New York Public Library., New York City, since 1990, Frick Collection, 2004. Member Council Foreign Relations, Phi Beta Kappa (senate, since 2004), The Links Club, University Club, The Blind Brook Club, Clove Valley Rod and Gun Club.

    Connections

    • Married Constance I. Smiles, October 25, 1958. Children: Gwynne Tibbetts, Elizabeth Oberbeck, Constance Olivia, Diana.
    • father: George R. Birkelund
    • mother: Ruth (Olsen) Birkelund
    • spouse: Constance I. Smiles
    • children: Gwynne Tibbetts Birkelund
    • Elizabeth Oberbeck Birkelund
    • Constance Olivia Birkelund
    • Diana Birkelund
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    Nationality
    • 1952
      Princeton University
    • 2002
      Brown University
    • 1956
      Consultant, Booz Allen & Hamilton
      Chicago, Illinois, United States
    • 1956 - 1967
      vice president, Amsterdam Overseas Corporation
    • 1981 - 1986
      president, Dillon
    • 1998 - 2002
      senior, advisor Union Bank of Switzerland Warburg Limited Liability Company
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