Life Story for
Trott, Donald I.
Passed away at home in Wayne, NJ. on Friday, May 4, a casualty of pancreatic cancer. He was born in Brooklyn, NY on May 15, 1935, the son of Barnet S. Trott and Madeline Gluck Trott. He graduated from Brown University in 1956 and earned an M.S. degree from the Columbia University School of Business in 1957. After serving six months active duty in the U.S. Army Finance Corp (under the Reserve Forces Act), Don began a 50 year career on Wall Street. Career highlights included Chairman and Director of Research of Jas. H. Oliphant & Co., Director of Research and then Chairman of the Investment Policy Committee of A.G. Becker and head of Individual Investor Research at Blyth Eastman Dillon. In the early 1960’s, he became the first Wall Street analyst to specialize in the restaurant industry and later was an Institutional Investor all-star retail trade analyst. In 1964, he founded the Consumer Analyst Group of New York (CAGNY), the premier forum bringing top executives of the consumer packaged goods industry and financial community analysts together. A Morgan Stanley pensioner (by way of Dean Witter) and a Jefferies retiree, he mentored many men and women who went on to successful careers. He was a generous, kind, gracious man with great integrity and a wonderful sense of humor. He organized a crew at Dean Witter to work regular shifts at St. Bartholomew’s soup kitchen in Manhattan. He saw that Oliphant placed the first woman on the floor of the American Stock Exchange. He strongly supported college basketball, especially Seton Hall. He loved theatre, books, nature, Nantucket, and most of all, time with family and friends. He is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, the former Frances Schantz, daughter Marjory Trott (of Nantucket, MA), and daughter M. Holly Trott and granddaughters Samantha and Phoebe Baskin (of Hampstead, NH). Memorial gifts may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, Hospice of New Jersey, or the charity of your choice. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 8 at 11am at Rosedale Cemetery, Montclair, NJ. The family will be sitting shiva at home Wednesday, May 9 from 6-8:30pm, Thursday, May 10 from 6-8:30pm, and Friday, May 11 from 3-6pm.