Obituary – Dr. Walter Fabricius
Dr. Walter Fabricius, 72, on December 27, 2009, after a brief illness, surrounded by his loving family. Dear father to daughters Daniela Fabricius and Stephanie Weidenbecher, and grandfather to Lucas Weidenbecher; beloved husband of Dagmar, and brother to Bernhard and Guenther.
Dr. Fabricius was the President of Fabricius and Company, a financial and investment services firm he established after a long and illustrious career that included serving as Managing Director at Deutsche Bank, J.P. Morgan, and Auda Advisor Associates. He earned his doctorate in Constitutional Law from the University of Mainz, Germany, following degrees in Law and Economics from the Universities of Heidelberg and Munich, Germany, and studies at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris and the Gordonstoun School in Scotland.
After practicing law for several years in Mannheim and Heidelberg, Germany, Dr. Fabricius joined the offices of Deutsche Bank in Germany in 1973. His fluency in German, English, and French, coupled with his gift for cross-cultural diplomacy, were great assets to Deutsche Bank, which sent him to New York in 1976. There he became integral to the growth of Deutsche Bank’s presence in the United States. While with Deutsche Bank in New York, he served as Executive Vice-President and Head of the Corporate Finance Group of Deutsche Bank Capital Corporation, before becoming Managing Director and Head of the Asset Management Products Group of Deutsche Morgan Grenfell.
In 1996, after more than twenty years with Deutsche Bank, he joined J.P. Morgan as Managing Director of the International Private Client Group. In 1999, he became Managing Director of Auda Advisor Associates, helping to expand the firm from a small company managing the wealth of the Harald Quandt family to a major provider of alternative investment products. He devoted himself full time to Fabricius & Company in 2007, and relished its location at the iconic Rockefeller Center.
Born March 17, 1937 in Berlin, Germany, Dr. Fabricius was an heir of Carl Johann Freudenberg, who in 1849 founded Freudenberg & Co., which remains one of the largest and oldest family-owned companies in Germany. Dr. Fabricius grew up in the Freudenberg family home in Weinheim, Germany, and served on the company advisory board for two decades. He was heir also to a storied history of German arts and culture; his parents were from Munich’s Herzogpark district, where his grandfather Walter Courvoisier, a Swiss composer, was a friend and neighbor of novelist Thomas Mann. Walter Courvoisier’s father-in-law and mentor was Ludwig Thuille, himself a renowned composer and intimate friend of Richard Strauss.
Having spent his earliest childhood in wartime Germany, Dr. Fabricius was of a generation that wished to rebuild the reputation of their country and promote strong international relationships. He often spoke of this and lived by example, working in both official and personal ways to strengthen ties between his birth nation and his country of residence. Dr. Fabricius is remembered as a natural diplomat, a trusted advisor, and a generous friend; a frequent trans-Atlantic traveler, his suitcase was always heavy with gifts for lifelong clients and loved ones. He was known for his elegance of manner and style, and brought to his work and life old-world discretion and charm. He possessed a boundless, youthful energy, and was an innovator in developing modern financial tools such as the industrial revenue bond. He was a consummate networker with a wide and impressive array of clients whom he treated with familial warmth, who in turn trusted his prudence, experience, and intelligence. To his daughters he was a source of unconditional love and support, of patience and wisdom, a model of integrity, a teacher and storyteller, a proud father who openly adored his girls. To his wife he was simply everything – a prince, a partner, and the love of her life. Dr. Fabricius was a mentor to many, and touched many lives with his boundless willingness to lend an ear or offer help. He treated all who crossed his path with equal dignity and respect. Dr. Fabricius had an extraordinary ear for music and language, and loved to play the piano for his daughters or show off his talent for making puns and imitating dialects. He was a passionate and knowledgeable listener of jazz and classical music, and an experienced connoisseur of wine and cuisine. He also took great pleasure in making and editing home movies using the latest available technologies. Weekends were spent tending the garden at the family’s house in East Hampton, where he also played handyman. Dr. Fabricius was beloved, trusted, and admired by a wide circle of family, friends, and colleagues, among whom he famously never forgot a birthday. He left us too suddenly and all too soon, but leaves behind a legacy to aspire to.
Obituary – John J. Meehan
MEEHAN – John J., USMC, on June 4, 2011 of Port Washington. Beloved husband of Janice. Loving father of the Meehan men: Mike, Matt and Marty. Cherished grandfather of Connor & Danny. Devoted brother of Marie, Billy and the late Kathleen, Jim & Kevin. Visitation ,Wednesday from 7-9pm and Thursday from 3-5 & 7-9pm at the Fairchild Funeral Chapel,1570 Northern Blvd., Manhasset. Funeral Mass, Friday, 9:30am at St Peter of Alcantara Church, Port Washington with interment to follow at Calverton National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Semper Fi Fund at http://www.semperfifund.org.