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Investment banker

Robert Harder Bethke, American investment banker. Decorated Legion of Merit; recipient Alumni Citation University Chicago, 1960.


Bethke, Robert Harder was born on March 12, 1916 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Son of William and Florence (Gaumnitz) Bethke.


Bachelor of Science, University Chicago, 1937.


With J.P. Morgan & Company, New York City, 1937-1939. With Discount Corporation of New York, 1939-1987, president, 1974-1987, chairman executive committee, director, 1967-1987, chairman board, 1978-1981. Indiana counsellor United States Steel and Carnegie Pension Fund, New York City, 1976-1986.

Director Chemical Fund, Inc., International Investors Inc., World Trends Fund, Discount Corps. New York and District of Columbia, Union Cash Management Fund, Incorporated, New York York City. Speaker in field treasury financing and money markets.

Member financial advisory committee United States Postal Service, 1973-1977.


Member planning board North Castle, New York, 1953-1963. President, trustee North Castle Free Library, Armonk, New York, 1955-1960. Vice chairman, Greenburgh (New York ) Board Education, 1950-1952.

Member finance committee New York City Mission Society, 1961-1978. Member finance committee National Council Churches, New York City Served to lieutenant colonel Army of the United States, 1942-1946. Member American Finance Association, American Economic Association, Public Finance Association, Securities Industry Association (past chairman and member United States Treasury and federal agency committee 1966-1980), Association Primary Dealers in the United States Government Securities (director 1977-1980), Pilgrims of America, Alpha Delta Phi.

Clubs: Whippoorwill Country (Armonk). Economic (New York City).


Married Patricia Davis, December 16, 1939. Children: Robert Davis, William Milford.

William Bethke

Florence (Gaumnitz) Bethke

Patricia Davis

Robert Davis Bethke

William Milford Bethke