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TRAPHAGEN--Ross E., Jr. Died peacefully in his 91st year at his home in Hobe Sound, FL on Tuesday, March 4th. Born in Newark, NJ, he graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy, received a BA from Yale University and his JD from Harvard Law School. Ross served as a Captain in the United States Army, and was awarded a Bronze Star for bravery in World War II. After the War, Mr. Traphagen practiced securities law at Davis Polk and Wardwell in New York City. He joined Goldman, Sachs & Co. in 1966 as an investment banker, and became a Partner in 1968. In 1986, he became a Limited Partner, and soon thereafter founded his own private investment firm, Plough Penny Partners. A strong supporter of educational causes, Ross served as a Trustee of various schools: The Peck School, The Eaglebrook School, Phillips Exeter Academy, Harvard Law School; and Denison University. Passionate about politics in his earlier life, Ross was Founder of Youth for Eisenhower and also served as President of the New York Young Republicans Club. An active philanthropist, he served on the boards of Neighborhood House in Morristown, NJ, Newark Museum, Family Service America, and Morristown Memorial Hospital. He served on the vestry for both St. Bernard's Church in Bernardsville, NJ and Christ Memorial Chapel in Hobe Sound, FL. Over the years, he served on several corporate boards, including Congoleum Corporation, Bath Iron Works and Pennsylvania Crusher Corporation. Ross is survived by his devoted family including his wife Barbara, his children Edward May, Sara Bennett, Laura Traphagen and Judson Traphagen, and his grandchildren Phillip May and Charlotte Traphagen. Private memorial services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Ross E. Traphagen Jr. to the Alzheimer's Foundation, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001.

Published in The New York Times on Mar. 8, 2014
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