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James Joseph Needham

financial services executive

James Joseph Needham was American stock exchange executive. Certified Public Accountant, New York. Recipient Distinguished Citizen award New York University Law School, Distinguished Service award in investment education National Association Investment Clubs; named Business Person of Year Business Administration Society St. John's University, 1975; fellow Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies.


Needham, James Joseph was born on August 18, 1926 in Woodhaven, New York, United States. Son of James Joseph and Amelia (Pasta) Needham.


Student, Cornell University, 1946. Bachelor of Business Administration, St. John's University, 1951. Doctor of Laws (honorary), St. John's University, 1972.


Accountant, Price Waterhouse & Company, New York City, 1947-1954;partner, R. T. Hyer & Company, Port Washington, New York, 1954-1957;partner, member Executive Committee, A. M. Pullen & Company. New York City, 1957-1969;commissioner, Securities and Exchange Commission, Washington, 1969-1972;chairman, chief Executive officer, New York Stock Exch., 1972-1976;vice president, International Federation Stock Exchs., 1973-1975;president, International Federation Stock Exchanges, 1976-1990;councilman, Town of Southampton, New York, since 1986. Distinguished professor, graduate division College Business Administration, St. John's U., Jamaica, New York.

United States ambassador to Japan Expo '85, since 1982. Board directors Mutual of America Mutual Funds.


  • Certified Public Accountant, New York.


Treasurer Central School District 4, 1951-1952, member budget and finance committee, 1951, 63, chairman high school planning committee, 1947. Active local Boy Scouts American, 1962-1965. Member bishop's committee of laity Catholic Charities, Rockville Center, New York, 1960-1968.

Member lay advisory board Catholic Youth Organization, 1964-1967. Board advisory College Business Administration, St. John's University. Member honorary committee American Cancer Society.

New York State co-chairman finance Reagan for President Campaign, 1980. Past director, auditor Plainview (New York ) Republican Club. Board governors Federal Hall Memorial Associates.

Trustee New York Foundling Hospital Served with United States Naval Reserve, 1944-1946. Member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (past member council), Accountants Club American, Catholic Accountants Guild (past president), New York Credit and Finance Management Association (Laurel award), New York Society Certified Public Accountant's (past director, treasurer, past president Nassau-Suffolk chapter, recognition award), Downtown-Lower Manhattan Association (director, executive committee), New York Chamber Commerce and Industry, Long Island Association, International Chamber of C. (United States council), Burning Tree Club, Wheatley Hills Golf Club (past treasurer), Cornell Club of Nassau County, Serra Club (Nassau) (past president).


Married Dolores A. Habick, July 1, 1950 (deceased February 1993). Children: James, Robert, Ravenna, Michael, Catherine. Married Patricia Henry Campo, May 24, 1995.

James Joseph Needham

Amelia (Pasta) Needham

Dolores A. Habick

Patricia Henry Campo

James Needham

Robert Needham

Ravenna Needham

Michael Needham

Catherine Needham