Harold J. Meyerman, philanthropist, supporter of the arts, chairman of the Board of Trustees for Palm Springs Art Museum since 2006, passed away on January 21, 2015, at the age of 76. Mr. Meyerman was born in the Netherlands and immigrated to Vancouver in 1947, where he started his banking career with CIBC. Mr. Meyerman joined Bankers Trust Company in 1973, was president and chief executive officer of First Interstate Bank from 1984-1993, and retired as managing director of Global Financial Institutions and Trade Group of Chase Manhattan Bank in 1998. He also served as director on the board of Affiliated Managers Group from 1999 until his death. Among his many honors, Mr. Meyerman, and his wife, Dorothy, were acknowledged for their philanthropic contributions to Palm Springs with a star placed in their honour on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars.
Following his retirement, he worked with Price Waterhouse as a strategic consultant for financial institutions. He was appointed to corporate boards, engaged in general strategic consultancy work with corporations, and served as an expert witness on matters involving corporate and governmental entities. In addition to his second language, English, he was fluent in Dutch, German and French. In March 2012, Harold and Dorothy generously welcomed alumni and friends to their home in Palm Springs for the Desert Days Reception. The reception was an extraordinary event and one that those who were there will remember for a long time to come.
Mr. Meyerman is survived by his wife, Dorothy; brother Gerald and sister-in-law Vicky of Ridge, Maryland; nieces Claudia Meyerman of Vancouver and Kimberly Meyerman of Kingston, ON; his nephew, Nicolas Meyerman, of Geneva, Switzerland and his niece, Alexis Meyerman, of St. Louis, Missouri; in addition to many extended family members in The Netherlands and UK. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Palm Springs Art Museum.