George H. Weiler III, senior vice president for wealth-management services at UBS AG, has died. He was 69.
He died on May 29 at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, his wife, Mary Ann Weiler, said in an interview. He entered the hospital three days earlier after suffering a heart attack while playing tennis at the Bronxville Field Club in Bronxville, New York, where he lived.
A onetime civil-rights attorney in Washington, Weiler practiced corporate law before starting his financial-services career in 1984 at Dillon Read & Co. in New York, where he worked in corporate and executive services such as structuring stock-option plans.
In 1997, Dillon Read was bought by Swiss Bank Corp., which combined the firm with its investment bank, SBC Warburg. The next year, SBC merged with Union Bank of Switzerland to form Zurich-based UBS, Switzerland’s biggest bank. Weiler joined UBS’s U.S. Wealth Management division in 2000.
At the time of his death he was senior vice president for wealth management and ran a unit, Weiler Financial Services, that managed assets for individuals and small corporations from UBS’s office in the MetLife Building at 200 Park Ave. in Manhattan.
“He specialized in ultra-high-net-worth clients in finance, lots of hedge-fund guys, private equity, entrepreneurs,” Erich Frank, a UBS Financial Services executive director who oversaw Weiler, said in an interview.
Weiler’s death was “completely unexpected and sudden,” Frank said. “It’s unfortunate -- George was a special guy in a lot of ways.”
A student member and, later, alumni member of the Yale University Glee Club, Weiler participated in its tour of Turkey and Georgia two years ago, his wife said. In a death notice, she said he also enjoyed campaigning for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney “and every other candidate who could make the world a better place.”
She called her husband “a man for all seasons with diverse interests and an engaging intellect.”
George Henry Weiler III was born on Feb. 7, 1944, in Philadelphia and grew up in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, and Ridgewood, New Jersey.
His mother was the former Jeanne Carol Brumbaugh. His father, George H. Weiler Jr., worked as director of public relations at New York-based Pfizer Inc., vice president of the Pfizer Foundation and public relations director for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and was a recipient of the Yale Medal, the highest award presented by the Association of Yale Alumni.
Weiler earned a bachelor’s degree from Yale, in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1966, and a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, in Philadelphia. He then spent a year at Harvard University’s Divinity School as a Rockefeller Fellow -- a program for those who don’t plan to enter the clergy -- earning insights that he carried into his work, his wife said.
She said he “felt he owed the country something” after being declared medically ineligible for military service during the Vietnam War.
In addition to his wife, the former Mary Ann Legler, survivors include four children, Katherine Weiler Crane, Blair Weiler, Winston Weiler and Christina Weiler; siblings Wendy Weiler Chappell of Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, Christopher Weiler of Wyckoff, New Jersey, Patricia Weiler Thiess of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Pamela Weiler Colling of Midland Park, New Jersey.