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Harry P. Gelles

land investor , investment banker

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.


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, Phoenix, 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, Los Angeles, 1979-1981;managing director, manager Los Angeles office, Russell Reynolds Associations, Inc., 1981-1985;general partner, Mission-Gelles I, Bancap Land Partnership IIinvestment management senior advisor, Trust Company of West, Los Angelesmanaging director corporation finance, Cruttenden Roth, since 1998. Director Trico Industries Inc., Investors Research Fund.


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.

Paul Phillip Gelles

Jeanne (Peterzell) Gelles

Carolyn Stockley Humphreys

Gail Wagenseil Chamberlin

Paul Humphreys Gelles

Carolyn Cranston Gelles

Harrison Humphreys Gelles