In Memoriam: Doug Werlinich, 78
Worked for Chase in USA, Japan and UK
Douglas (Doug) Werlinich, who worked at Chase Manhattan from at least 1965 until 1982 in the United States, United Kingdom and Japan, died of cancer in Southport, NC, on March 8, 2021. He was 78 and had lived in Southampton, NY, before moving south a couple of years ago.
Werlinich grew up in the Pittsburgh area before attending Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, for both his undergraduate degree and MBA.
While at Chase, he worked in Asia Finance, Capital Markets and Consumer/Retail Products North America.
After leaving Chase, he worked at Midland Montagu and Citibank.
His wife of 25 years, Elizabeth McKee Werlinich, died of cancer in 2000. Among his survivors are a son, Greg, three grandchildren and his brother Gary. Another brother, Tom, predeceased him.
When our Global Credit Class met for its early 50th anniversary reunion in October 2019, Doug was invited too. He had been on the training staff before we arrived in 1970. More importantly, Elizabeth McKee Werlinich was a member of Global Credit I.
My introduction to Doug was for my 1 CMP credit interview– a key component of a day filled with meetings assessing candidates. Doug was calm and reassuring as he shared this conversation that would be the most important of a long day at Chase. We spent an hour together. Somewhere in the midst of his questions on seasonal lending analysis, I mentioned my fiancée was moving to NYC from Pittsburgh. The pace and conversation changed as Doug asked my opinion of Pittsburgh and its surroundings.
While at APAO Doug would stop by my office to check in on how I was doing. Simply stated, Doug was a gentle man who was a mentor, long before mentoring was popularized. Rest In Peace.