01 Mar 2015

Remembering John Whitehead (MBA 1947)

In Memoriam


John C. Whitehead (MBA 1947)—business leader, community collaborator, prominent philanthropist, education visionary—died February 7 at age 92.

During a lauded career, Whitehead guided Goldman Sachs to the forefront of investment banking; served his country as deputy secretary of state; guided the citizens of New York City through the protracted process of rebuilding following the terrorist attacks of 2001; and applied his philanthropic principles and vision at HBS in establishing the Social Enterprise Initiative.

“John Whitehead has been an alumnus we have held up as exemplifying the competence and character we associate with true leadership,” said Dean Nitin Nohria. “It is with deep sadness, as a community, that we mourn his passing. At the same time, we can reflect with admiration on a life that has demonstrated, time and again, what can be done by a good and effective human being—through a career centered in business, but one that also touched so many other spheres.”

Featured Alumni

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John Whitehead
Class of MBA 1947

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