David Blair

David Blair

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12/22/20 05:57 PM #1    

Peter Lesnik

Sorry to hear about Dave.  We were teammates in basketball and he was my first pickup for rides to school our senior year.

RIP my friend.

12/22/20 07:11 PM #2    

Mark Batshaw

I found this information-from Mark Batshaw

BLAIR--David. If you met David Blair you were unlikely to forget him! Standing at 6'4" with an impressive mustache and an infectious smile, David was known for his warmth, generosity, and whip-smart sense of humor. He was born in 1945 in Youngstown, OH, to Jean & Howard Blair and grew up there and Millburn, NJ, with his two brothers Christopher (deceased) and Robert. He graduated Millburn High School in 1963. He attended Princeton University and graduated in 1967 with a degree from the school of Public and International Affairs. David met Mary Barnes his senior year and they were married in 1968. David graduated from Columbia University in 1970, with a joint JD/MBA. He joined White & Case where he made partner in 1979. While at White & Case, he was part of the lead team working with the banks to prevent the financial collapse of New York City in 1975. It was during this time that David and Mary moved to New Jersey and settled in Summit to raise their family. In 1984, David joined Morgan Stanley and Co. and eventually became a managing director in the private wealth division. By 2000 when he retired, after a five year stretch in the London office, he was the head of Private Wealth Management for Europe, Africa, and the Middle East and Chairman of Global Risk Management. David and Mary returned to the States in 2000 and moved to Princeton, NJ. Not one to slow down, David began working at the Bendheim Center for Finance at Princeton University. He served as their Director of Corporate Relations for 10 years, helping to create the new Masters in Finance program, and advising graduate and undergraduate students. His greatest pleasure there was teaching a Freshman Seminar on Modern Financial Markets. David spent the last few years of his life at Stonebridge, a Springpoint Senior Living facility, as he bravely faced Parkinson's disease. His time there was another connection, as he had served as a trustee on the Springpoint Foundation Board for 12 years. David is survived by his wife of 50 years Mary Blair and his two children: David Blair with wife Thuy, and Kate Elliott with husband Brendan. He has three grandchildren, Jack, Nora, and Rosie, who have inherited his love of the Mets, card skills, and joy for living. The family is postponing a memorial until later in 2021. Donations can be made to the Parkinson's Foundation and Princeton AlumniCorps.

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