George J. Vojta — born November 13, 1935, died peacefully on December 22, 2010. He is survived by his wife, Susan Hubbard, sons Christopher and Timothy, grandchildren George II, Charles and Grace, and daughters-in-law Deneen and Amber. He received Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Yale University.
He spent most of his career at Citigroup — then First National City Bank — where he rose to Executive Vice President. Most notably, he ran Strategic Planning and the International Division. The remainder of his career was spent at top-tier financial institutions, in particular Bankers Trust, where he was Vice Chairman of the Board. He was known for his expertise in financial strategy and risk management. In addition, he played a prominent role in the restructuring of the global financial system and banking reform following the financial crises of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, consulting with the World Bank, the Bank for International Settlements, and individual countries.
He also served as a board member of many distinguished enterprises, including: Northwest Airlines, Private Export Funding Corporation (PEFCO), Miles Laboratories and Urstadt-Biddle Properties. He was also a Director of the New York State Banking Board, Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Fellow of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Chairman of the Financial Institutions Center of the Wharton School and Board Member of International Executive Service Corps.
He was Chairman of the Board of the Yale Center for Corporate Governance & Performance, a Trustee of Lawrence Hospital, Founding Board Member of the Bronxville School Foundation, Chairman of the Bronxville Public Schools Long Range Planning Committee, Chairman of the Investment Committee for Sarah Lawrence College and member of the board of St. Lukes-Roosevelt Hospital.
He advocated for financial standards and corporate reform throughout his career, writing numerous books and articles. His most well-known publications include the article “Bank Capital Adequacy” in 1974, the book “Beyond Human Scale” co-authored with Eli Ginsberg in 1983 and the book “Globalization for All” in 2010. After he retired, he founded the eStandardsForum, a formal platform for his advocacy.
He was an avid golfer, fisherman, hunter and piano player. He was a member of The Blind Brook Club, Clove Valley Rod and Gun Club, The River Club, Siwanoy Country Club and The Lost Tree Club.
He leaves behind a legacy of compassion and service. His family and friends will miss him.
A memorial service will take place at the Reformed Church of Bronxville on Saturday, January 29 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be sent in his name to the following: The Lawrence Hospital Cancer Center 55 Palmer Avenue Bronxville, NY 10708 .