Joseph Nadol, Eric Vandercar, Walter Liedtke: Obits This Week

This week’s notable deaths included a JPMorgan Chase & Co. executive who was a top-rated analyst; a Morgan Stanley manager who last year moved to Mesirow Financial; and the longtime curator of European paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. These were among the six people killed when a Metro-North Railroad train collided with a sport-utility vehicle in Westchester County, New York, on Tuesday. Below are summaries of these and other obituaries.

Joseph Nadol, 42. Managing director at JPMorgan, who joined the Manhattan-based bank in 2001. Institutional Investor magazine in 2009 named him the best analyst covering the aerospace and defense-electronics industries. Died Feb. 3 in the Metro-North Railroad train accident.

Eric Vandercar, 53. Senior managing director in institutional sales and trading and head of municipal funding at Mesirow Financial, in New York. He had previously spent 27 years at Morgan Stanley. Died Feb. 3 in the Metro-North Railroad train accident.

Walter Liedtke, 69. Oversaw the collection and special exhibitions of European paintings at the Met Museum in Manhattan for the past 35 years. He was an authority on the works of Johannes Vermeer and Rembrandt. Died Feb. 3 in the Metro-North Railroad train accident.

Aditya Tomar, 41. JPMorgan vice president of technology supporting the bank’s asset-management division. Before joining JPMorgan, he worked at Morgan Stanley, Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. and Barclays Capital. Died Feb. 3 in the Metro-North Railroad train accident.

Robert Dirks, 36. Scientist at D.E. Shaw Research, which creates computer models of organic molecules for use in drug development. A high school valedictorian, he received a Ph.D. in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology. Died Feb. 3 in the Metro-North Railroad train accident.

Carl Djerassi, 91. Austrian-born chemist who synthesized a hormone used in 1960 to create the oral contraceptive known as the Pill, spurring the sexual revolution. He was awarded the U.S. National Medal of Science in 1973 and inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame in 1978. Died Jan. 30 at his home in San Francisco. The cause was complications of liver and bone cancer.

Lawrence Adelman, 75. Former director of research at Dean Witter Reynolds Inc., who covered food, beverage and tobacco companies. Institutional Investor named him to 28 of its “All-America Research Team” lists from 1978 to 1996. Following the 1997 merger of Dean Witter, Discover & Co. with Morgan Stanley Group Inc., Adelman became chairman of the combined firm’s stock-selection committee. Died Feb. 2 in Boca Raton, Florida. The cause was complications from brain cancer.

Richard von Weizsaecker, 94. President of Germany from 1984 to 1994, who expanded the role of the ceremonial post and helped the nation come to grips with its Nazi past. As a soldier, he took part in his country’s invasion of Poland in 1939; 40 years after the fall of the Third Reich, he praised the defeat of the Nazis. Died Jan. 31.

Jose Manuel Lara Bosch, 68. Chairman of the world’s largest Spanish-language publisher, Grupo Planeta SA. In 2003, he and his two siblings inherited the company founded in 1949 by his father, Jose Lara Hernandez. Died Jan. 31 in Barcelona.

Heinz-Joachim Neubuerger, 62. Chief financial officer at Munich-based Siemens AG from 1998 to 2006 who in August agreed to pay the engineering company 2.5 million euros ($2.8 million) in damages for his role in a bribery scandal. Siemens agreed in 2008 to pay $1.6 billion to settle probes in Germany’s biggest corporate bribery case. Died from suicide, according to Manager Magazin, a German business publication.

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