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Retired Bronxville Executive Coughlin Dies at 86

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. - Gerald Wallace Coughlin, of Bronxville and Woodstock, Vt,. died March 16 following a short illness. He was 86.

A 48-year member of the Westchester Country Club, Coughlin was retired as vice president of investments from UBS.

He was born Jan. 25, 1926 in Arlington, Mass. to the late Marion and Daniel Coughlin. One of eight children, he was raised in Lexington, Mass. where he attended Lexington High School. Following his graduation, Coughlin enrolled in the U.S. Navy V12 program and graduated from the University of Michigan.

Coughlin completed the U.S. Naval Midshipman's School at Naval Station Great Lakes and served in active duty from 1944-47, attaining the rank of lieutenant. Following his military service, Coughlin earned a master's degree in business administration at Harvard Business School.

Beginning his career at Borden Company and Dow Chemical Company, he eventually transferred to White Weld and Company, Blyth, Eastman, Dillon and ultimately UBS. He retired as an executive at the age of 80 in 2006. Concurrently, he served on the board of directors for Smith and Kelly Company.

He was an active parishioner of St. Joseph's Church in Bronxville and Our Lady of the Snows Church in Woodstock. Coughlin also was a 50-year member of the Harvard Clubs of Boston and New York City and longtime volunteer for the Harvard Business School. A member of the Navy League, he was a former director of the New York chapter and life member of the Naval Reserve Association of America.

Surviving are his wife, Barbara; his daughter, Sarah (Charles) Vorbach of Bronxville; his son, Gerald (Shelley) Coughlin Jr. of New York City; his sisters, Doris Fitzpatrick of Osterville, Mass., Mary Jane Eplett of Osterville, Ann Coughlin of Winchester, Mass. and Donna Carroll of Winchester; his brothers, Daniel Coughlin of Cotuit, Mass. and Kenneth Coughlin of Centerville, Mass.; and five grandchildren. He was predeceased by his sister Phyllis.

There will be a wake from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Fred H. McGrath and Son Funeral Home in Bronxville. The funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph's Church.

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