BERKELEY--Norborne, Jr., â€œBunnyâ€� of East Hampton and Manhattan New York and former President of Chemical Bank, died peacefully, at age 89, in his home in East Hampton, on December 29th, 2011 following a two-month illness with congestive heart failure. Norborne was born June 5, 1922 in Bethlehem, PA, the only son of Norborne Berkeley and Dorothea Randolph Berkeley. His one sister, Dorothea Berkeley Brush, died in 1991. Mr. Berkeley was President of Chemical Bank and Chemical NY Corporation (now JPMorgan Chase) from 1973-1982. He was a Director of both the Corporation and the Bank since 1972, and had been with Chemical since 1950, serving in a variety of positions before becoming President. From January, 1982 until June, 1982 he served as Chairman of the Executive Committee, at which time he retired at the age of 60. Mr. Berkeley was a graduate of the Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia (1941), Yale University, BA, (Class of 1945), where he was a member of the Senior Society, Scroll and Key. He held an LL.B. degree from the University of Virginia (1949) and completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration in 1966. In World War II, Mr. Berkeley served in Europe with the US Field Artillery, First Army V Corps, from 1943-1945 and participated in five major campaigns, including the Normandy Invasion. During his career, he served on numerous corporate, educational and charitable boards including Freeport McMoran Inc., Uniroyal Inc., Anglo Energy LTD; Tuskegee University, Episcopal High School, New Canaan Country Day School (Board President), Metropolitan Opera (Managing Director), Whitney Museum of American Art, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, â€œLISCâ€�, (Chairman), and the Vera Institute of Justice. Mr. Berkeley was appointed by President Ford, and served two Administrations (both Republican and Democratic) on the US Advisory Committee for Trade Negotiations. Mr. Berkeley was an avid and accomplished sportsman throughout his life, including baseball at Yale, squash, skiing and golf. He enjoyed playing his father's ukelele and singing old, family songs; the cultural opportunities in New York City, especially the theatre; and travel around the world. His friendships formed at Yale were very special to him throughout his life and his sense of humor, value system and compassion for his fellow man will always be remembered by his many, many friends and family. He was the very loving and adored husband of Jennifer Puchta Berkeley for twenty one years and had three children by a first marriage to Diane Gould Berkeley: Sally Berkeley Tiller, Raleigh, North Carolina; Dr. Anne Randolph Berkeley, Wilmington, North Carolina; Norborne Berkeley III, â€œBillâ€� New York, NY, plus three wonderful grandchildren: Gabe and Jocelyn Tiller and Carmen Berkeley. Caring nieces, nephews and cousins and, his beloved Labrador retriever, Skye, also survive him. The family kindly requests no flowers and instead, if desired, suggests donations to one's own favorite charity, in Norborne Berkeley Jr.'s memory. A celebration of his life will be held at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 18 James Lane, East Hampton, NY at 11:00am, on Saturday, January 21st, 2012.
Published in New York Times on Dec. 31, 2011.