Robert Emery Diemar Jr., 79, of Bedminster, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Monday, December 13, 2021 of complications from Parkinson’s disease.
Bob was born on July 7, 1942 in Covington, Kentucky to Eloise and Robert Diemar. He attended Highlands High School, followed by a postgraduate year at Phillips Andover Academy.
He graduated from Princeton University in 1965, then earned a master’s degree in business administration from the Tuck School of Business in 1967.
He served in the Coast Guard Reserve from 1967 to 1973.
Bob had a successful 50-year career in investment banking, which he began at Dillion Reed and Co. in 1967. In 1973, he accepted an invitation to join Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette, helping to build some the world power it has become. He focused on financing private companies.
Integrity was the cornerstone of Bob’s professional career. It was clear to everyone who worked with him that getting things right was of utmost importance to Bob. Bob retired from Credit Suisse as Managing Director in 2002.
Not ready to retire permanently, he founded Coady Diemar Partners, where he actively engaged in the business of the company until his final retirement in 2019.
While his professional career was an important part of his life and one he treasured, his family was his real life and passion. He married Eleanor Southworth Griggs on September 12, 1970. Together they had five children and 11 grandchildren.
There wasn’t an event in any of their lives that he wasn’t present to. You could find it on the sidelines of every sporting event.
Stewardship was particularly important to Bob, as evidenced by the long list of organizations he supported throughout his life, including Henry Street Settlement House, Trinity St. Johns Church, St. Philips Academy, St. Barnabas Church, Lawrence Country Day School. , Far Hills Country Day School, Cardigan Mountain School, Duke University, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and the Diocese of New Jersey.
Bob is survived by Eleanor, his wife of 51 years; his five children, Robert (Heidi), Jack (Jody), Thomas (Lauren), Caroline (Jason) and Charlie (Abby); his 11 grandchildren, Hayley, Courtney, Emery, Charlotte, Jack, Griggs, Thomas, Alexander, Charlie, Andrew and Natalie; and his sister, Cynthia Robson Lamarche (Morgan).
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made to Girls on the Run Northern Virginia, https://gotrnova.org, in Bob’s memory.