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John Wetherhold, 79, financial consultant and community activist

BY SHERLEY WETHERHOLD | John M. Wetherhold, a financial consultant and planner, died on May 2 at his home on W. 13th Street in Greenwich Village. He was 79.

He had fought a spirited battle against lung cancer.

John was born on June 13, 1944, in Yakima, Washington, to John M. Wetherhold Sr. and Mildred Sherley. He graduated valedictorian of Penns Grove Regional High School, in Carneys Point, New Jersey, in 1962 and received his bachelor’s degree, Phi Beta Kappa summa cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania in 1966. He attended Harvard Law School and received his MBA from the Wharton School of Finance in 1969, where he was a Joseph Wharton Fellow.

John Wetherhold was a voracious reader. (Courtesy Wetherhold family)

John began his nearly 50-year career in finance at Dean Witter and Brown Brothers Harriman, and would bring his expertise to Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, China, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, the Maldives, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Ukraine and Uzbekistan, among other places around the world. He held the CFA designation and was also a grader.

An avid and voracious reader, John also loved swimming, traveling, cigars, and Diet Coke with lemon, as well as fine American delicacies like scrapple and chicken fried steak. He especially enjoyed honky-tonk, bluegrass and rock ’n’ roll music, and was known to indulge in international cinema, absurdist comedies and science fiction films.

John was active in a number of historical and environmental conservation and social advocacy efforts in New York City and abroad. He attended Community Board 2 meetings. He loved dining out and supporting local businesses — he was especially known for circulating $2 bills.

John Wetherhold — perhaps reviewing a financial portfolio, above — enjoyed cigars and Diet Coke with lemon, among other things. (Courtesy Wetherhold family)

John married his wife Linda in 1990, and they lived together in Greenwich Village for 33 years. He is additionally survived by his daughter Sherley, sister Anne and her husband Tom, brother Robert and his wife Elena, as well as cousins, nieces, nephews and friends around the world.

Inspired, inquisitive and independent, John will be remembered as a magnanimous man of adventure and caprice in a class of his own, eternally loved and deeply missed.

A memorial to celebrate John Wetherhold’s life will be held at a future date.


  1. Ben Cheng Ben Cheng May 18, 2024

    John was kind and generous. I’m glad to have known him. Condolences to the family.

  2. David R. Marcus David R. Marcus May 18, 2024

    John was a kind and generous man who made lasting impacts and improvements in our community.

    He will be missed.

  3. Gail Fox Gail Fox May 17, 2024

    Condolences to the family and the community.
    John made amazing contributions with his participation in many endeavors.

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