In Memoriam: Richard Wharton, 85

Branch Banking Exec at Chase Manhattan in 1970s


Richard (Dick) Carleton Wharton, a division executive in Branch Banking at Chase Manhattan in the 1970s, died in Norwalk, CT on April 23, 2024. He was 85 and had lived in Darien, CT, for more than 50 years.  


Born in Long Branch, NJ, Wharton earned his BS from Monmouth College, followed by an MBA from Fordham University. His knuckleball and arm led him to a tryout with the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field.


Wharton served with distinction as a Major in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was recognized for outstanding performance and dedication to his duty as a platoon commander and executive officer.


In addition to his work at Chase Manhattan, Wharton was a Senior Vice President and Board Member at Direct Marketing Agency Inc. He was also a Realtor in the Darien area and President of R.C. Wharton Associates in Wilton, CT.


Wharton began playing the trombone in high school and played for decades in bands like The Bob Button.  


Among his survivors are: two children,Todd Wharton of Whitefish, MT, and Heather Stramandinoli of Darien, CT; their mother, Sandra Peppet of Norwalk, CT, and four grandchildren.


Memorial donations may be made to the Horton Scholarship Fund at Noroton Presbyterian Church, 2011 Post Rd., Darien, CT 06820.

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