Honor Ray Garrett, Jr. at the SEC 75th Anniversary Celebration Dinner June 25, 2009


“While Ray was achieving greatness, he simultaneously taught the rest of us with a kind, measured demeanor.

Few men posses such rare abilities and fewer still choose to employ them.” –

– Jim Reynolds, American Bakeries Company

June 25, 2009 75th Anniversary Celebration Dinner for the Securities Exchange Commission

The Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society will host a 75th Anniversary Celebration Dinner for the SEC Commission and staff, government officials, and industry representatives on Thursday, June 25, 2009.

This event honors the history of the SEC, founded in 1934 by President Roosevelt.  Joe Kennedy was the first Chairman of the SEC.  My father, Ray Garrett, Jr., was the 19th Chairman, serving from 1973 to 1975.   

The dinner will be held in the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.   According to Carla Rosati of the SEC Historical Society, institutions are welcome to purchase a table and include a congratulatory message, with name and logo, in the program book to be distributed to all guests and added to the museum collections.

Ray Garrett, Jr. passed on in February 1980.  He emceed a previous anniversary dinner and wouldn’t have missed this one for all the tea in China, nor the personal archives and roundtables that the Historical Society has promoted since its inception.   He loved  the SEC, the law,  his family and colleagues, whose name were legion.


Of  Ray Garrett, Jr.’s Chairmanship, Commissioner Al Sommer later remarked:

 “Certainly it is not an exaggeration to say that Ray was one of the most dearly beloved people ever to serve on the Commission. You could walk the halls day after day and never hear a word of criticism of him, professionally or personally; never hear his integrity, or even his judgment, questioned; never hear his leadership criticized.” — A. A. Sommer, Jr.

At this time we are beginning to approach all of Ray’s friends and colleagues to give them an opportunity to participate in hosting or sponsoring a place at the banquet table to honor RAY’S MEMORY.

Ray Garrett, Jr.  had four children;  Me (Nancy Worcester), Susan Dunn, Anne Norloff and Richard Garrett.  He has eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Please contact Susan Dunn sdunn@susandunn.cc for details on how you can join us in honoring Ray’s memory and in the meantime be sure to save this date on your calendar:

JUNE 25 2009 

and his personal and professional contributions to our lives.

MR. BOOKEY: “The other thing that hasn’t quite been mentioned — the real privilege I had, we had — all of us, we had what was called “The Dream Commission.”

“And The Dream Commission was when Ray Garrett was the chairman, and Irv was on the Commission, and Phil Loomis, and Al Sommer and John Evans, and they were the best. The absolute best. Stanley was the director. And they were smart. They were aggressive. They were energetic. It was leadership, and we loved it.

“And looking back, that was the prime time, folks. That was the prime time.”


~ by nancyfenn on March 18, 2008.

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