In Memoriam: Roger E. Anderson, 81

Chase Manhattan Executive in Denmark, Iran, Italy


 Roger E. Anderson, 81, of Bronxville and Tuckahoe, NY, died unexpectedly on March 26, 2024. He was with Chase from 1969 to 1982.


He grew up in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, spending summers at the family camp in Southhold. A precocious child, he skipped a few grades and graduated from the prestigious Brooklyn Tech. He initially considered graphic design, until a cousin steered Roger to Princeton where he majored in history. His inability to master French spelling almost derailed his academic career, but summer classes put him back on track. He graduated with honors, writing a thesis on the early development of New York City.


After graduation, he won a Fulbright scholarship to study at the Stockholm School of Economics (Handelshögskolan). He learned Swedish and met his future bride, Kristina. After returning to the United States, he got a law degree at Yale. Marrying Kristina after graduation, Anderson joined Chase Manhattan. His work for the bank brought them to Milan, Italy, where they learned Italian and developed a love of coffee, fine Tuscan wines and skiing in the Alps. After five years in Milan, they moved to Tehran, Iran – a chaotic adventure even pre-revolution. The couple enjoyed learning some Farsi and buying a large number of carpets. After Iran, they headed north to Copenhagen, where he was Denmark country manager for Chase. Eventually, he convinced the Danish bank, Privatbanken, to bring the family – now including two sons – to New York.


The Andersons settled in the village of Bronxville. He managed Privatbanken’s U.S. operations for nearly 10 years before setting off on his own, becoming a Managing Partner at Hamilton Capital Partners. During his time in New York, he was active in the American Scandinavian Foundation, served on the board of the Martha Graham Dance Company, became an active tennis and squash player at the Bronxville Field Club, enjoyed scuba diving with his two sons and completed several New York City Marathons.


In 2000 he experienced some medical issues that led him to take a step back. He continued to support a start-up company mitigating the environmental impacts of mining. He also served as Honorary Consul General to the Republic of Latvia. He remained a very active member of the Yale Club where he played bridge at every opportunity. He and Kristina eventually returned to Denmark where he continued advising start-up companies.


He is survived by his wife, his sons, Niklas and Christopher, his step-daughter, Mina, and his two granddaughters.  


(In Memoriam based on article by the Anderson family in My HomeTown Bronxville)

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From Yoram Kinberg: I met Roger in the early 1980s when he was Denmark country manager and I was based in London. A talented banker.
   I stayed in touch with him after he came back to NYC working for a Danish bank. A wonderful human being…going to miss him.