01 Dec 2016

In Memoriam: F. Gorham Brigham Jr.

A Hands-Down, Hands-On Volunteer Remembered
by Julia Hanna


F. Gorham Brigham Jr. (MBA 1939) died September 1 at the age of 101. A longtime HBS volunteer and resident of Newton, MA, he served as a Class Notes secretary for 67 years, a feat he deflected with typical modesty. “Our alumni body includes so many remarkable individuals,” he told the Bulletin in 2007. “Keeping in touch with them is fun.” Brigham contributed to the School every year and encouraged others to follow suit as a class fundraiser; those who did often received a handwritten thank-you, a tradition he continued until his final days.

Brigham served in the Army from 1940 to 1946, rising to colonel under General George C. Marshall and remaining in the Army Reserve until 1967. His banking career began in 1962, when he joined the Boston Safe Deposit and Trust Company as VP of business development. When he retired from Citizens Bank in 2005, he was the oldest member of its senior management team.


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