Henry W. Hotchkiss ’58

Henry W. Hotchkiss ’58 died August 2, 2014, in Fairhaven, Mass. He was born on October 31, 1937, in Meshed, Iran, while his father worked as a geologist in the oil fields. He graduated from Gordonstoun School in Scotland, and was a member of Delta Sigma fraternity at Bowdoin, where he majored in economics and was secretary of the Caledonian Society. He later studied French at Middlebury College and took business courses at New York University Graduate School of Business Administration. After college, he served as a captain in the Army Reserve’s military intelligence, and taught French for four years at the Choate School. He then went into international banking, eventually becoming vice president of the Chemical Bank International in San Francisco. He worked for Chemical Bank for 18 years, leaving in 1980 to join Credit Suisse as director of corporate relations and manager of their San Francisco regional office. In 1987, he took a one-year leave of absence to sail his 25-foot Folkboat, White Lightning, to Tahiti, Tonga and New Zealand. After his retirement from banking, he became a realtor in Fairhaven with Dan Mello, co-founding in 2003 the firm of Mello and Hotchkiss. He was a member and officer of the Heights Casino Yacht Club in Brooklyn, the St. Francis Yacht Club, the Golden Gates Anglers and the International Folkboat Association. He belonged to the Explorers Club and the Society of the Cincinnati. In 1998 he was chair of the Joshua Slocum Centennial Committee of New Bedford. He served as president of the board and investment chair of the Gordonstoun American Foundation. He is survived by his former wife, Lee Revere; brother Frederick Hotchkiss, and sister Anne Ganz.


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