Friday, 14 August 2009 00:00
Robert J. Wynn, a retired senior executive of J. P. Morgan, died Aug. 8, 2009 from cancer. He was a longtime resident of Manhasset and most recently of Huntington.
Robert (Bob) Wynn joined Guaranty Trust Company of New York in 1941, which merged with J. P. Morgan & Co. in 1959. He retired in 1988 at age 65 as a senior vice president and area manager for Morgan’s operations in Asia. After retirement he was retained as a senior advisor and vice chairman of J. P. Morgan (Hong Kong) Ltd. until 1990. In a career that spanned a half a century, he was directly involved in almost all of Morgan’s extensive operations in Asia. In 1961 he moved to Japan with his family to head Morgan’s first operation in the region, which was a regional office, with headquarters in Tokyo. In the years that followed, Morgan became very prominent in Japanese finance and a major advisor to many American and European companies entering the complex Japanese market. In 1965 he returned to New York headquarters to head the group responsible for all Morgan’s business in Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
During his stay in Japan, he served on the boards of Mitsubishi Acetate Co., a joint venture between Mitsubishi Rayon and Celanese Corporation of America, as well as AMF-C.Itoh, a bowling joint venture between AMF and a major Japanese trading company now known as Itochu. He also served on the Men’s Committee of the International Christian University of Japan.
In the Philippines, he was a director for 18 years of the Bank of the Philippine Islands, one of the largest privately owned banks in which Morgan was a shareholder. In Taiwan, Mr. Wynn was very proud that Morgan was the very first American company to make an investment in that country. In 1962, Morgan became the largest shareholder in the China Development Corp., a privately owned development bank set up to extend long-term financing to Taiwanese industry. This paved the way for investments by other U.S. companies in Taiwan. Wynn was a past director of the American Bureau for Medical Aid to China and a former director of the China Trust Bank USA.
Bob was always very bullish on Asia and encouraged many companies to take advantage of the opportunities that existed in the emerging markets of that region. He became a respected and active member of many international organizations. A promoter of the free trade concept, he was a past president of the World Trade Club of New York, an affiliate of the Commerce & Industry Association of New York.
A native New Yorker, Bob Wynn graduated from Fordham University. He was a Marine combat veteran of WWII having served with the 3rd Amphibious Corps on Guadalcanal, Guam and Okinawa. He also served during the Korean conflict with the 8th Marines, 2nd Division.
Bob is survived by his devoted wife of 64 years, Mildred, of Huntington; his three children, Ken Wynn of Manhasset, Marilyn Szczerbiak of Cold Spring Harbor, Jean Wynn Shea of Huntington. He also leaves behind a daughter-in-law Rini Wynn and two sons-in-law, Walter Szczerbiak and Robert Shea, along with six adoring grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Viewing was held Aug. 10 and Aug. 11 at Fairchild Funeral Home, 1570 Northern Boulevard in Manhasset.
The funeral Mass was held at St. Mary’s R.C. Church on Northern Boulevard in Manhasset at 10 a.m. on Aug. 12 with interment at Mount St. Mary’s Cemetery in Flushing, NY.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Robert Wynn’s name to Hospice of Suffolk, Inc., 505 Main Street, Northport, NY 11768.