In Memoriam: Roger Zimmermann, 71

Human Resources Exec at Manny Hanny and Chase

The CAA mourns the death of its member Roger Allen Zimmermann, 71, who passed away on Friday, May 18, 2012, in North Carolina.

He was a graduate of New York University and the Stonier School of Banking. He worked most of his career in the banking industry, including Manufacturers Hanover and Chase Manhattan, and primarily in corporate human resources. He was a member of the 1973 credit training program and also completed the MH Special Development Program.

Roger was a 50-year member of the Masonic Order. He was active in DeMolay as a youth and as a young man. He was awarded the Legion of Honor for his service.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Joan, his son and daughter, and three grandchildren.

Memorial donations can be made to the Saint Luke Building Fund at Saint Luke Lutheran Church 5869 Ocean Highway West Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469.

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From Ulises Giberga: I was very sad to learn of Roger's passing. I have very fond memories of Roger from the 1980s, when he served as a Human Resources officer in International-Western Hemisphere Area. Roger clearly understood that the term "human" applied equally to the population he served but also to the attitude required to do his job effectively. My sincere condolences to Joan and his family.

From Ralph Aiello: Roger was an extremely smart and dedicated Chase executive. "Roger the Dodger", as some of us called him, was very direct and to the point, and he was always on his game. He will be missed.

From Joe Casalino: I first met Roger in the mid-1960s when I first joined Chase in the Corporate Personnel Department. It was obvious to me early on that Roger was a special person both professionally and personally. He offered me a position to work for him on his Personnel staff in the bank's operations department. This is the break I needed to forge a longer term career in Human Resources, both with Chase and later with other organizations. He taught me the basic fundamentals and set an example of the importance of a strong work ethic. He was the ultimate prefessional.
     Our careers eventually moved in separate directions with Roger moving over to the Banking side of the business and eventually leaving Chase for other career opportunities. After his retirement and move to North Carolina, he made it his business to stay in touch and not let the distance affect our friendship. At least once a year I would get a call that he was coming to New York to attend an upcoming Chase gathering and that he expected me to be there.
     There is no doubt that Roger will be missed by many. I am proud to have know Roger for so long and call him a true friend.