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Apr.25, 2012

Vol. 112, No. 11


John H. Harmon Jr. ’32

Published in the Apr.25, 2012, issue

Bud Harmon, who worked steadily for 80 years and was a stockbroker and money manager for 46 years until a final illness, died April 19, 2011, in Lake Forest, Ill. He was 101.

He came to Princeton from Asheville (N.C.) School, joined Charter Club, majored in geology, and was known as “Swede” by his classmates. At Pure Oil Co. he became an engineer in research and development, and later worked as an oil salesman, buyer, and director of purchasing.

In 1965 he became a stockbroker, working for Chicago Corp. and ABN AMRO. At 91, after weighing three job offers, Bud joined his nephew, Bill Hart, at Hartline Investment Corp. His longevity in the securities industry drew local attention, leading to profiles in several newspapers. (One headline read: “Portfolio manager at 95: ‘I might have a different idea of long-term than you do.’”)

Blessed with a wide circle of friends of all ages on Chicago’s North Shore, he was an adept bridge player, gardener, fisherman, and curler who doted on his grandchildren.

Bud was married for 56 years, caring selflessly for wife Jane for decades before her death from complications of multiple sclerosis. He is survived by a daughter, Lolly Gepson; a son, George ’63; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

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