C. Gordon Jelliffe

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JELLIFFE C. Gordon Jelliffe, of Naples, Florida, formerly of Columbus, died October 24, 2011 at the age of 96. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 64 years, Carolyn Wolf Jelliffe. He is survived by their children, C. Martin Jelliffe of Naples, FL, Joy Jelliffe Endo of Montclair, NJ, John B. Jelliffe of West Chester, PA, and Janell W. Jelliffe of Port Townsend, WA; by nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Mr. Jelliffe is a 1937 graduate of The Ohio State University. During World War II he served as a Major in the Adjutant General's department. A prominent civic and business leader in Columbus, he was Chairman of the United Fund of Greater Columbus and was President of the Ohio Center Authority which created the Ohio Convention Center. Mr. Jelliffe was a past director of Borden Chemical Co., Lumberman's Mutual Insurance Co., and The Columbus Club. He also served as a trustee of the Columbus Foundation, The Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts, The Columbus Academy, and Defiance College. As President of City National Bank and Trust Co., he was co-founder and Charter Director of First Bank Group of Ohio, now JPMorgan Chase & Co. A pioneer in bank credit cards, Mr. Jelliffe initiated the first credit card system for the State of Ohio in 1966. Several years later he was organizer and Charter Director of Visa USA and Visa International. He was a member of the Governing Council of The American Bankers Association and a national committeeman of the Reserve Bankers Association. In 1971 he was appointed to a special committee of the Federal Reserve Board to study and recommend the electronic transfer of funds on the monetary payment system. It created the national and worldwide electronic transfer of funds and the satellite transfer of bank credit and debit card systems. In 1969 Mr. Jelliffe was named the State of Ohio "Marketing Man of the Year" by the Business Administration College of Ohio State. In 1970 he was President of the Ohio State University Alumni Association during the University's centennial year. Later in his career, Mr. Jelliffe became Chairman and CEO of First National Bank of New Jersey, the state's first national chartered bank, now Wells Fargo. At that time he was also a director of St. Joseph Hospital and Medical Center of New Jersey. After retiring to Naples, Florida, Mr. Jelliffe continued his civic activities as a trustee of The Community Foundation of Collier County, and as a director of The Moorings, Inc., Moorings Park Foundation, and Royal Poinciana Golf and Country Club. A memorial service will be held at Bower Chapel, 146 Moorings Park Drive, Naples, FL 34105 on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, a memorial contributions may be made to Avow Hospice, 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, FL 34105 or to Moorings Presbyterian Church Endowment Foundation, 790 Harbor Drive, Naples. FL 34102.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Nov. 1, 2011
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