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Harvey Wheeler O’Conor, Former Chairman of JBT, Dies at 81

He served the organization for 10 years.




Harvey Wheeler O’Conor

Harvey Wheeler O’Conor

(PRESS RELEASE) Harvey Wheeler O’Conor, former chairman of the Jewelers Board of Trade, has died at age 81.

The longtime industry veteran passed away on Jan. 25. O’Conor was elected to the JBT Board of Directors in 1999, serving the organization for 10 years.

O’Conor began his career in sales and financial positions for General Foods and Procter & Gamble. He was then employed in the electronics industry in Washington, District of Columbia. From 1975 to 1977, he was self-employed as an electronics consultant. In 1978 he purchased Findings Incorporated, Keene, NH and ran the company until being acquired by the General Findings division of LeachGarner, a wholly owned subsidiary of Richline Group Inc. and Berkshire Hathaway Inc. in 2012.

In addition to serving on the JBT Board as Chairman, Investment Committee member and Long-Range Planning Committee member, O’Conor was president of the 24 Karat Club of the City of New York and active in other industry organizations. In addition, he was a member of the Chief Executive Organization, The World Presidents Organization, and the Young President’s Organization as a member officer and director.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the O’Conor family.




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