James Bish

Obituary of James Bish

James H. Bish, age 81, died early Monday, October 1st following an extended illness. Mr. Bish graduated Cum Laude from Princeton University in 1953 and returned to Princeton as a permanent resident in 1988. Jim Bish was born on February 28, 1931 in Carlsbad, New Mexico. Following his college years at Princeton and a tour of duty in the US Army as an artillery officer, Mr. Bish attended Harvard Business School, graduating in 1958 with an MBA degree. After employment at Texaco and Marathon Oil in their international divisions, Mr. Bish joined The Chase Manhattan Bank in 1966 and remained there in a variety of senior executive positions in international banking until his retirement in 1988. Mr. Bish's responsibilities at Chase included serving in Hong Kong as Regional Director for South and Southeast Asia. Mr. Bish then returned to New York City where he served as Area Director for Asia-Pacific and also for Africa. He subsequently served as Executive Managing Director of Chase Manhattan Capital Markets Corp. He was later appointed to the position of CFO for global affairs at Chase Investment Bank. Despite suffering a partially disabling stroke shortly after his retirement, Jim Bish remained active in the Princeton community as a member of the Nassau Club, the Springdale Golf Club and the Chase Alumni Association. Mr. Bish is survived by his wife of 46 years, Elisabeth, his daughter and son-in-law, Sondra and Fred Grant of London, England, his son, Michael Bish of Santa Cruz, California, and his sister-in-law, Verena Siegrist and her family, all of whom reside in Switzerland. A private memorial service will he held in the near future. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Princeton Hospice Memorial Fund, 208 Bunn Drive, Princeton, NJ and The Lewis School, 53 Bayard Lane, Princeton, NJ. Arrangements are under the direction of The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home Princeton.
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