Yale University

In Memoriam

Joseph R. Dilworth, Jr.

Joe Dilworth
1964 graduation

Joe Dilworth died on December 14, 2009. Below are his obituary and a remembrance by Marc Blum '64.


The New York Times
December 24, 2009

DILWORTH — Joseph Richardson, Jr., of Sagaponack, NY, died on December 14th 2009 as a result of complications following lung transplantation, at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Born May 6, 1942, son of J. Richardson Dilworth and Elizabeth Cushing Dilworth of Princeton, NJ, he was graduated from the St. Marks School, Yale College, and the Columbia Business School. After working twenty-nine years as an investment banker in New York City and London, he joined Tucker Anthony (presently known as RBC Dain Rauscher) in Southampton, NY in 1995 as a stock broker. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Clay, and his two daughters, Samantha Johnson of Park City, UT and Katherine Riddle along with grandson Roen Riddle of Asheville, NC. In addition to being an avid reader, Joe adored fly fishing, spending the majority of his leisure time traveling the world to different rivers. A memorial service will be held early in 2010. In lieu of flowers, donations to the UPMC Spirit of Life Fund, c/o UPMC Care Management, Presbyterian Hospital, 200 Lothrop Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (aiding transplant patients) would be greatly appreciated.

Remembrance by Marc Blum '64

August 9, 2013

Joe was good. Joe was a good friend, a good husband, a good father, a good son, and a good brother. Joe was great company, and a gracious host, ever appreciative of his friends and family.

Joe and the rest of us in Spade and Grave benefited from the T group soul-baring. Here Joe made it clear that as talented as he was, he felt he could never be as talented as his enormously talented, exquisitely gracious, and renaissance-man father, Richardson Dilworth, who was at the time president of Rockefeller Brothers, a member of the Yale Corporation, and a director of perhaps two-dozen public companies. Moreover, Joe felt that he had suffered from the absence of his father in his own early childhood because his father had apparently felt that time should be spent with children when they were worth communicating with. Joe never attained the worldly fame of his father, nor the easiness his father had with everyone, extending courtesy to anyone his life touched, a knack that Joe revered and felt he couldn't bring off as well.

Joe did fulfill his own potential and was the best of what he could be. This quality of ever striving, ever seeking approval at the level of talented parents, and honestly setting forth his own doubts as to his own limitations, was enormously endearing to all of us who came to know the real Joe.

The biographical facts are: growing up in Princeton, New Jersey, St. Marks School, history at Yale, President of the Seymour Historical Society, very active with the Indian Neck Folk Musical Festival, an MBA at Columbia Business, and reserve duty in the U.S. Army. He retired after 29 years as an investment banker in New York and London, with SG Warburg, Smith Barney, Bankers Trust, and Continental Illinois, to join Tucker Anthony (later acquired by the Royal Bank of Canada) at a semi-retirement residence in Sagaponack, L.I., where he was an ace broker. He was also an ace fly fisherman.

Joe died as a result of complications following a lung transplant.