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Harry P. Gelles

Harry P. Gelles, American investment banker, land investor.


  • Gelles, Harry P. was born on February 23, 1934 in New York City. Son of Paul Phillip and Jeanne (Peterzell) Gelles.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Arts in Government, Harvard University, 1956. Master of Business Administration, Harvard University, 1958.


    • Syndication manager Lee Ackerman Investment Company, Phoenix, 1958. Leasing agent, director corporation planning and finance, vice president finance Del Webb Corporation, 1959-1966. Executive vice president Master of Computer Applications Development Company, Universal City, California, 1966.

      Vice president Goldman Sachs & Company, Los Angeles, 1967-1977. Senior vice president White Weld, Los Angeles, 1978. Managing director Dean Witter Reynolds, 1979-1981.

      Managing director, manager Los Angeles office Russell Reynolds Associates, Inc., 1981-1985. General partner Mission-Gelles I, Bancap Land Partnership II. Investment management senior advisor Trust Company of West, Los Angeles.

      Managing director corporation finance Cruttenden Roth, since 1998. Director Trico Industries Inc., Investors Research Fund.


    Party affiliation: Republican


    Treasurer Rolling Hills Community Association, California, 1978-1980. Trustee Southern California chapter National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 1972-1989, president, 1977-1978, chairman, 1979-1980. Member technical advisory board Department Commerce, 1974, 76.

    Member Citizens' Advisory Committee Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee. Board directors Los Angeles Mental Health Association, Transition House, 1986-1992, Lobero Theatre Board. Member Newcomen Society North America, Birnam Wood Golf Club.

    Clubs: California, Los Caballeros, Portuguese Bend, Harvard, Alisal Golf, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet.


    • Married Carolyn Stockley Humphreys, June 18, 1956 (divorced 1987). Children: Paul Humphreys, Carolyn Cranston, Harrison Humphreys. Married Gail Wagenseil Chamberlin, September 30, 1989.
    • father: Paul Phillip Gelles
    • mother: Jeanne (Peterzell) Gelles
    • spouses: Carolyn Stockley Humphreys
    • Gail Wagenseil Chamberlin
    • children: Paul Humphreys Gelles
    • Carolyn Cranston Gelles
    • Harrison Humphreys Gelles
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    Born February 23, 1934
    • 1956
      Harvard University
    • 1958
      Harvard University
    • 1958
      Syndication manager, Lee Ackerman Investment Company
      Phoenix, Arizona, United States
    • 1966
      executive, vice president Master of Computer Applications Development Company
      Universal City, Texas, United States
    • 1967 - 1977
      vice president, Goldman Sachs & Company
      Los Angeles, California, United States
    • 1978
      senior, vice president White Weld
    • 1979 - 1981
      managing director, Dean Witter Reynolds
    • 1981 - 1985
      managing director, Los Angeles office Russell Reynolds Associates
    • 1981 - 1985
      manager, Los Angeles office Russell Reynolds Associates
    • 1998
      managing director, corporation finance Cruttenden Roth
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