Gerald Wallace Coughlin of Bronxville, New York and Woodstock, Vermont passed away peacefully on March 16, 2012 following a short illness.
Gerald was born on January 25, 1926 in Arlington, Massachusetts to the late Marion and Daniel Coughlin. One of eight children, he was raised in Lexington, MA. Gerald was a proud graduate of Lexington High School and never missed a reunion. Following his graduation from Lexington High School, Gerald enrolled in the Navy V-12 Program, and graduated from the University of Michigan. He completed U.S. Naval Midshipman’s School at Naval Station Great Lakes and entered active duty with the U.S. fleet, serving from 1944 through 1947. Gerald was honorably discharged from the Navy having attained the rank of Lieutenant. Throughout his life, Gerald treasured his military service and the important role the Navy played in his life. Following his military service, Gerald earned his Masters Degree in Business Administration at Harvard Business School. He began his early business career at Borden Company and Dow Chemical Company. In 1964, Gerald embarked on his long career in the investment banking business, beginning at White Weld & Co, then Blyth, Eastman Dillon, and, through successive mergers, ultimately UBS. In 2006, he retired as a Vice President, Investments at age 80. Gerald also served on the board of directors of Smith & Kelly Company, a stevedoring and intermodal cargo handling company based in Savannah, GA. Gerald was a 50-year member of the Harvard Clubs of Boston and New York City, and a 48-year member of Westchester Country Club. He was a proud member and a director of the Navy League of the United States, as well as a director for many years of the New York Chapter of the Navy League. He was also a life member of the Naval Reserve Association of America. Gerald was deeply committed to his volunteer work on behalf of Harvard Business School, and relished attending his 60th reunion last year. Gerald was an active parishioner at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Bronxville and Our Lady of the Snows Roman Catholic Church in Woodstock, VT. Gerald leaves behind his beloved wife of 47 years, Barbara, of Bronxville; a daughter Sarah Vorbach (Charles) of Bronxville, grandchildren Charles, Jr., Lois Genevieve, Peter and Mary Rose; a son, Gerald Jr. (Shelley) and grandson, Ryan of New York City. He also leaves his siblings; Doris Fitzpatrick (Osterville, MA), Daniel Coughlin (Cotuit, MA), Mary Jane Eplett (Osterville, MA), Ann Coughlin (Winchester, MA), Kenneth Coughlin (Centerville, MA) and Donna Carroll (Winchester, MA), and many nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his sister, Phyllis. Wake at Fred H. McGrath & Son Funeral Home in Bronxville, NY on Thursday, March 22, 2-4 and 6-8pm. Funeral at Church of St. Joseph in Bronxville, NY, Friday, March 23 at 10 am.