Carter H. Golembe

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GOLEMBE CARTER H. GOLEMBE Carter H. Golembe died peacefully at his home in Delray Beach, FL on December 18, 2010. He was a renowned speaker, writer, analyst and consultant to the banking industry. For over 30 years, he authored and published "The Golembe Reports," a commentary on banking issues. Born in Liberty, NY in 1924, Mr. Golembe was a veteran of WW II, and was a recipient of the Purple Heart. Following his military service, he earned a doctorate degree in economics from Columbia College and a law degree from George Washington University. Dr. Golembe began his career in 1951 as a financial economist with the FDIC and subsequently was employed by the American Bankers Association. In 1966, he founded a banking research and consulting firm, headquartered in Washington, DC that was nationally known and described by the head of a major banking trade association as the "Mercedes of the industry." Following the sale of Golembe Associates in 1989, he was chairman of the board of The Secura Group in DC until 1994. In 1979, he founded the International Financial Conference (IFC), an educational corporation comprised of mid-size regional banks and other international financial institutions. He served as the executive manager of the IFC for 16 years and the senior advisor to its Board of Directors until 1998. He also served for 10 years as a director of Barnett Banks of Florida. During his lifetime, he was a frequent contributor to professional journals, as well as author of numerous publications, including his co-authorship of "Federal Regulation of Banking." His most recent book, "But I Never Made a Loan," gave his take on the evolution and history of banking systems in the US. He was a true intellectual, yet could cut to the chase of a matter with his wit and insight. Mr. Golembe is survived by his wife, Patricia; his brother, John of Schwetzingen, Germany, and sons, Gregory of Reston, VA and Christopher of Pompano Beach, FL; four grandchildren; four great grandchildren. A memorial service is planned in Washington for Spring 2011, followed by interment at Arlington National Cemetery. Those wishing to honor Carter's memory may consider making contributions to the Carter H. Golembe Scholarship Fund, attn: Eleanor Coufos, Columbia College , 622 West 113th St. - MC 4530, New York, NY 10025.Mr. Golembe is survived by his wife, Patricia; his brother, John of Schwetzingen, Germany, and sons, Gregory of Reston, VA and Christopher of Pompano Beach, FL; four grandchildren; four great grandchildren. A memorial service is planned in Washington for Spring 2011, followed by interment at Arlington National Cemetery. Those wishing to honor Carter's memory may consider making contributions to the Carter H. Golembe Scholarship Fund, attn: Eleanor Coufos, Columbia College , 622 West 113th St. - MC 4530, New York, NY 10025.

Published in The Washington Post on Jan. 16, 2011
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