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John R. Fell, Kin of Drexel, Slain in Java http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1933/02/23/page/1/article/john-r-fell-kin-of-drexel-slain-in-java

NOTE: Josephine Laimbeer "Fifi" Fell. In 1931 Fifi married Drexel scion John R. Fell Jr., the son of Mrs. Ogden Livingston Mills and a grand of Anthony J. Drexel. Bill Stroud and Mary Glendinning Cooke.

Syracuse Journal, February 23
SOLO, Java (INS) ó Police pressed a widespread investigation today into the mysterious death of John R. Fell, well-known American sportsman and director of a Paris bank, who was found dead in his hotel here Tuesday night with a knife in his heart.

It was revealed by police the only witness to Fellís death was his widow. The couple had been in the Dutch East Indies since early this month, police said, having arrived from Paris.

During the greater part of their stay in Java, Mr. and Mrs. Fell had made their headquarters at the hotel in Solo. Tuesday, after drinking a glass of beer, Fell and his wife went to their rooms, police said.

Still hysterical and unnerved by the tragedy, Mrs. Fell, former Follies showgirl, today told the story of her husbandís mysterious death, asserting he committed suicide by plunging a knife through his heart.

Mrs. Fell, the former Martha Enderton, was the third wife of the noted polo player who was prominent in New York and Philadelphia society.

John R. Fell's claim to fame was being the grandson of Anthony J. Drexel, a Philadelphia-born banker who helped found the company that later was run by John Pierpont Morgan, a famously wealthy American. Drexel had been Morgan's mentor.

When Drexel died in 1893 he left an estate of more than $20 million. That money did not go directly to his heirs, but trusts established with the money insured his heirs would be financially secure. Perhaps suspecting his children and grandchildren might have several spouses, including a gold-digger or a gigolo or two, he made sure his will did kept his money in the family.

Drexel was married once, to Ellen B. Rozet. They had nine children ó five daughters, followed by four sons. Mrs. Drexel died in 1891. When her husband died two years later only four of his children were still alive.

One of them, his youngest and sole surviving daughter, Sarah (aka "Sallie") married John R. Fell Sr., and later Alexander Van Rensselaer.

The story above is about John R. Fell Jr., and while it says he was director of a Paris bank, but he was more often described simply as a sportsman. He had that quality so important in young men of the 1920s and '30s ó he was an excellent polo player. Unfortunately, he liked to gamble. He also belonged to expensive private clubs. By 1933 he was not as rich as he seemed.

His first wife was Dorothy Randolph of a prominent Philadelphia family. They married young, in 1911 (he was 20, she was 21), and had three children before she divorced him. In 1924 she married Ogden Mills, who was Secretary of the Treasury during the Herbert Hoover administration, so he was serving his final days in that position at the time of the strange death of his wife's ex-husband.

John R. Fell went from an upper crust Philadelphia woman to a Follies showgirl for wife number two, Mildred Santry. They were married in 1925, divorced in 1931. They had no children, but she would emerge as the woman who benefited most from marriage to Fell.

Mrs. Fell number three also was a former Follies showgirl, Martha Enderton, who at one time owned a dress shop on New York City's Fifth Avenue. She was a small-town girl from the hamlet of Burt in Western New York, a few miles from the Lake Ontario shore. Newspapers made it seem as though she was a much younger trophy wife, but when she marred Fell, she was 34, he was 40.

Their wedding was a secret for awhile, which may be why some accounts of their around-the-world trip a year later described it as a honeymoon trip. Perhaps that's how the couple viewed it.

So what happened to Fell?

He and his wife reportedly had a drink together in the bar at their hotel in Solo, then went to their room to have dinner in private. Fell's death during the meal so unsettled his wife that she was unable to talk about it for hours afterward. When Mrs. Fell finally spoke to police, she said she was serving dinner and turned away from her husband for a moment when she heard him fall and groan. When she looked back at him, she saw the handle of a carving knife protruding from his chest.

She went to him, pulled the knife from the body, tossed it aside, then broke down, crying and screaming hysterically. A hotel guest in a nearby room heard her and came to her aid. This became important because this guest verified John R. Fell's dying words: "I am to blame. I did it."

But what did he do, exactly? The knife, which pierced an artery, was described variously as a carving knife and a table knife. One newspaper said there was speculation that someone could have thrown the knife from across the room or through a window.

The Lockport (NY) Union-Sun and Journal, on May 4, 1935, in a story about Fell's will, recounted his death and claimed Fell had actually explained his accident to that hotel guest who responded to Mrs. Fell's screams.

"I got up from the table to get a drink," said the dying Fell, according to the newspaper. "I had the carving knife in my hand ... and stumbled and fell on it."

Trouble is, when Mrs. Fell finally calmed down, she said that when she turned around she saw her husband rise from his chair and then stagger toward the bed, as though he had stabbed himself while seated. Her immediate reaction was that her husband had committed suicide.

But suicide by carving (or table) knife in the middle of a meal? No likely. Investigators considered many scenarios, but could not explain what happened ó or how. So they opted for a ruling of accidental death.

The third Mrs. Fell had no motivation for murdering her husband. There was no mention of insurance, but she may have expected a payoff in his will. But John R. Fell's estate was much smaller than expected, even before his debts were paid.

Long story short, Martha Enderton Fell received $500 in her husband's will. She was not entitled to anything from trusts that had been set up for him by his grandfather or from her mother-in-law's estate. This wasn't true for Fell's children, who benefited from a family trust. The first Mrs. Fell had re-married and didn't receive anything. Her only interest in the will had been for her children.

The second Mrs. Fell, however, who hadn't remarried, benefited from the terms of her divorce. She received lump sum of $60,000 and a $6,000 annuity for life.

Still there was something unsettling about the very strange death of John R. Will. If only it had been a Miss Marple mystery

http://www.major-smolinski.com/KILLERS/COLUMBO.html

John R. Fell, III
John's Picture 2012

John Fell is Managing Partner and Co-Founder of HFC Executive Search where he is responsible for conducting all aspects of senior level searches for Fortune 500 and privately-held companies. His industry and functional expertise is primarily focused in the financial services sector, including: institutional investment management and private wealth management, foundations & endowments, corporate banking, investment banking, private equity, corporate finance, and treasury operations.

Prior to entering the executive search business John spent 15 years in the financial services industry, including 10 years with Mellon Bank (now BNY Mellon) and 5 years with Chemical Bank (now JP Morgan Chase). During that time he was also involved extensively with his companyís recruiting process, including both internal and external hiring of staff. While at Mellon Bank, John was Vice President & Manager of the telecommunications lending group where he was responsible for a loan portfolio of $2.4 billion in commitments to companies in the wireline and wireless industries. Prior to specializing in the telecommunications field John spent ten years developing lending relationships and marketing non-credit & trust/investment management services to the financial services industry, including property & casualty and life insurance companies, bank holding companies, asset management firms, mutual funds and consumer finance companies.

John is a 1982 graduate of St. Lawrence University with a BA degree in Government. In addition, he completed the 12-month management training program at Chemical Bank in New York City.

A native of Locust Valley, NY, John also spent four years living in London, England. He has worked in New York City, Chicago and Philadelphia during his professional career. John lives with his wife, Evelyn, and two children in Haverford, Pennsylvania.

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Miss Van Ingen Married on L.I. To J. R. Fell 3d
Published: May 11, 1986

Evelyn McLane Van Ingen, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence B. Van Ingen of Glen Head, L.I., was married
yesterday to John Ruckman Fell 3d, a son of Mrs. Robert L. Stott of New York and John R. Fell Jr. of Locust
Valley, L.I., at St. John's of Lattingtown Episcopal Church in Locust Valley. The Rev. Charles G. Newbery,
rector of the church, officiated, assisted by Msgr.

James Collins, a Roman Catholic priest.

The bride was attended by her sisters, Anne H. Van Ingen and Mary Van Ingen Courtemanche, as maid and
matron of honor, and by Kathleen H. Fell, the bridegroom's sister, and Elizabeth H. Hawkey, the bride's
cousin. Thomas R. Duffus was best man.

Mrs. Fell, assistant editor to the photography director of Woman's Day magazine, graduated from the Green Vale School, St. Paul's School and Franklin and Marshall College. Her father is manager of supply engineering for the Mobil Oil Corporation. She is a granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry U. Harris of Brookville, L.I.; the late Mrs. Donald F. Bush, who was president of Roosevelt Hospital from 1956 to 1964, and the late Lawrence B. Van Ingen. Mr. Harris is the retired chairman of Harris, Upham & Company.

Mr. Fell, an associate in the North America division of Chemical Bank in Chicago, graduated from the Hotchkiss School and St. Lawrence University. His father, a private investor, was for many years a vice president of the Morgan Guaranty Trust Company and was deputy general manager of the bank's London offices. He is a grandson of Mrs. John M. Schiff of New York and Oyster Bay, L.I., and the late John R. Fell and Dr. and Mrs. Charles T. Bingham of Farmington, Conn.
Photo of Evelyn Fell (Michael Fairchild)

http://www.nytimes.com/1986/05/11/style/miss-van-ingen-married-on-li-to-j-r-fell-3d.html 

Cordelia Robb Bride of John R. Fell Jr.
Published: April 25, 1982

Cordelia Reid Robb and John Ruckman Fell Jr. were married in Mill Neck, L.I., yesterday at the home of Mrs. Cornelius J. Reid, mother of the bride. The Rev. Bruce A. Rodgers of St. John's of Lattingtown Episcopal Church performed the ceremony.

The bride, daughter also of the late Mr. Reid, is owner of Finishing Touches, a home decorating and accessory business, and was until recently manager of the rental department of the Moorings, a resort development in Vero Beach, Fla. She was graduated from Miss Porter's School and Briarcliff College. Her previous marriage ended in divorce, as did Mr. Fell's. Her father, a former Mayor of Mill Neck, founded the insurance brokerage firm of C.J. Reid & Company, now known as Rollins Burdick Hunter of New York Inc., and was founder and chairman of the Half Moon Hotel in Montego Bay, Jamaica, West Indies.

Mr. Fell, son of Mrs. John M. Schiff of New York and Oyster Bay, L.I., and the late John R. Fell, is vice president and general manager of George Chittenden Associates Inc., consultants to banks and bankers. He was formerly with the Morgan Guaranty Trust Company of New York for 18 years as a vice president in New York and as vice president and deputy general manager of the bank's London offices. The bridegroom was graduated from the Brooks School, of which he is a trustee, and from Yale. His father was a partner of Lehman Brothers at his death in 1961. His stepfather, formerly chairman of Kuhn Loeb & Company Inc., is senior chairman of Lehman Brothers Kuhn Loeb Inc.

The couple, who will live in Locust Valley, L.I., and Vero Beach, were attended by their children: Bayard Van R. Robb Jr., Kathleen H. Fell, Michael W. Robb, John R. Fell 3d, Cordelia F. Robb, Michael B. Fell, Linda T. Robb and Jeffrey L. Fell.
http://www.nytimes.com/1982/04/25/style/cordelia-robb-bride-of-john-r-fell-jr.html 

JOHN SCHIFF, A PHILANTHROPIST AND INVESTMENT BANKER, DIES
By WILLIAM G. BLAIR
Published: May 10, 1987

John M. Schiff, investment banker, philanthropist and last of the senior partners of Kuhn, Loeb & Company, with which his family had been associated for more than a century, died yesterday at his home in Oyster Bay, L.I. He was 82 years old and also had an apartment in Manhattan and a home on the island of Jamaica.

Mr. Schiff's active banking career, which began in 1927, was almost entirely spent with Kuhn Loeb and ended only with the merger in 1977 of Kuhn Loeb with Lehman Brothers, another prestigious old-line Wall Street firm.

Mr. Schiff was named honorary chairman of the merged firm, Lehman Brothers Kuhn Loeb, and then served, until his death, as an advisory director of the firm that succeeded it in 1984, Shearson Lehman Brothers. That merger marked the end of 117 years of the Kuhn Loeb name in the banking business. Avid Horseman

In addition to banking, Mr. Schiff followed in the family tradition by serving on the boards of many corporations and charitable, academic and civic institutions.

He also was an avid horseman, before World War II as a fox hunter and polo player and afterward as a breeder of thoroughbreds in Kentucky and Florida and owner of a racing stable at Belmont Park. His racing silks were purple and white.

Mr. Schiff, whose surviving sister, Dorothy Schiff, is the former owner and publisher of The New York Post, was the third generation of his family to play a leading role in the destiny of Kuhn Loeb.

According to Stephen Birmingham's account in ''Our Crowd, the Great Jewish Families of New York,'' Mr. Schiff's grandfather, Jacob H. Schiff, came to this country from Germany in 1873, at the age of 26. Attains Partnership in 1875

As a son-in-law of Solomon Loeb, a founder of the firm that started out as a dry-goods business in Cincinnati before moving to New York in 1867, Jacob Schiff was admitted to a partnership in 1875. He quickly raised the firm to a position of eminence.

Jacob Schiff's partnership was passed on to his son, Mortimer L. Schiff, and from him to his and the former Adele Neustadt's only son, John Mortimer Schiff, who was born Aug. 26, 1904 in Roslyn, L.I.

Mr. Schiff graduated from the Taft School in 1921, from Yale University in 1925 and from New College at Oxford University in 1927. He began his banking career that year with the Bankers Trust Company in New York. After briefly working for the Missouri Pacific Railway Company in St. Louis, Mr. Schiff joined the family firm in 1929.

He became a partner in 1931 and a senior partner in 1946, after serving in the Navy during World War II. Mr. Schiff rose to the rank of commander and took part in the invasion of Normandy in 1944. Boy Scouts President

When Lillian D. Wald, founder of the Henry Street Settlement on the Lower East Side, stepped down as president in 1937, Mr. Schiff succeeded her. When the settlement's visiting nurse program, founded by Jacob Schiff, separated from the settlement a few years later, Mr. Schiff went with it. He was the first president and chairman of the renamed Visiting Nurse Service of New York.

Mr. Schiff was married in 1934 to Edith Brevoort Baker, who died in 1975. The next year, Mr. Schiff married Josephine Laimbeer Fell, widow of John R. Fell, who had been a partner in Lehman Brothers.

Besides his sister and his wife, Mr. Schiff is survived by two sons, David T., of Manhattan, and Peter G., of Oyster Bay, L.I.; a stepson, John R. Fell Jr. of Locust Valley, L.I.; a stepdaughter, Natalie Fell Spencer of Middlebury, Vt., six grandchildren and seven stepgrandchildren.

A funeral service is to be held at 10 A.M. Tuesday at Temple Emanu-El, Fifth Avenue and 65th Street.

photo of John M. Schiff
http://www.nytimes.com/1987/05/10/obituaries/john-schiff-a-philanthropist-and-investment-banker-dies.html 

Cordelia Robb Bride of John R. Fell Jr.
Published: April 25, 1982

Cordelia Reid Robb and John Ruckman Fell Jr. were married in Mill Neck, L.I., yesterday at the home of Mrs. Cornelius J. Reid, mother of the bride. The Rev. Bruce A. Rodgers of St. John's of Lattingtown Episcopal Church performed the ceremony.

The bride, daughter also of the late Mr. Reid, is owner of Finishing Touches, a home decorating and accessory business, and was until recently manager of the rental department of the Moorings, a resort development in Vero Beach, Fla. She was graduated from Miss Porter's School and Briarcliff College. Her previous marriage ended in divorce, as did Mr. Fell's. Her father, a former Mayor of Mill Neck, founded the insurance brokerage firm of C.J. Reid & Company, now known as Rollins Burdick Hunter of New York Inc., and was founder and chairman of the Half Moon Hotel in Montego Bay, Jamaica, West Indies.

Mr. Fell, son of Mrs. John M. Schiff of New York and Oyster Bay, L.I., and the late John R. Fell, is vice president and general manager of George Chittenden Associates Inc., consultants to banks and bankers. He was formerly with the Morgan Guaranty Trust Company of New York for 18 years as a vice president in New York and as vice president and deputy general manager of the bank's London offices. The bridegroom was graduated from the Brooks School, of which he is a trustee, and from Yale. His father was a partner of Lehman Brothers at his death in 1961. His stepfather, formerly chairman of Kuhn Loeb & Company Inc., is senior chairman of Lehman Brothers Kuhn Loeb Inc.

The couple, who will live in Locust Valley, L.I., and Vero Beach, were attended by their children: Bayard Van R. Robb Jr., Kathleen H. Fell, Michael W. Robb, John R. Fell 3d, Cordelia F. Robb, Michael B. Fell, Linda T. Robb and Jeffrey L. Fell.
http://www.nytimes.com/1982/04/25/style/cordelia-robb-bride-of-john-r-fell-jr.html 

John R. Fell, III
John's Picture 2012

John Fell is Managing Partner and Co-Founder of HFC Executive Search where he is responsible for conducting all aspects of senior level searches for Fortune 500 and privately-held companies. His industry and functional expertise is primarily focused in the financial services sector, including: institutional investment management and private wealth management, foundations & endowments, corporate banking, investment banking, private equity, corporate finance, and treasury operations.

Prior to entering the executive search business John spent 15 years in the financial services industry, including 10 years with Mellon Bank (now BNY Mellon) and 5 years with Chemical Bank (now JP Morgan Chase). During that time he was also involved extensively with his companyís recruiting process, including both internal and external hiring of staff. While at Mellon Bank, John was Vice President & Manager of the telecommunications lending group where he was responsible for a loan portfolio of $2.4 billion in commitments to companies in the wireline and wireless industries. Prior to specializing in the telecommunications field John spent ten years developing lending relationships and marketing non-credit & trust/investment management services to the financial services industry, including property & casualty and life insurance companies, bank holding companies, asset management firms, mutual funds and consumer finance companies.

John is a 1982 graduate of St. Lawrence University with a BA degree in Government. In addition, he completed the 12-month management training program at Chemical Bank in New York City.

A native of Locust Valley, NY, John also spent four years living in London, England. He has worked in New York City, Chicago and Philadelphia during his professional career. John lives with his wife, Evelyn, and two children in Haverford, Pennsylvania.

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