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BIOGRAPHY
MARY G. ROEBLING
1905-1994
Active member of MBCA.
Created "The Mary Roebling - Trenton Trust" Mechanical bank
to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Trenton Trust Bank
in a limited edition of 200.
See: Griffith February 1967 Hobbies Magazine Article.


 

 

 

 

 

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MARY G. ROEBLING
     This material has been prepared at the request of friends in the news media.
     Additional information or photographs may be obtained from Mrs. Roebling's Trenton office: Area code 609/396-4030.
 
BIOGRAPHY
Mary G. Roebling was the first woman to serve as President and Board Chairman of a major American banking institution.
 

         Her principal professional activities today involve affiliations with two banks. She is Chairman of the Board of The National State Bank, Elizabeth, N.J.: and she is Chairman of the Board of the Women's Bank, N.A., Denver, Colorado. The two institutions are in no way connected.
        In 1937, she was elected President of Trenton Trust Company, and from 1937 to 1972 served as President and/or Chairman. In 1972, Trenton Trust Company was merged into The National State Bank and Mrs. Roebling was elected Board Chairman of the combined institutions.
       She helped establish the Denver bank in 1978. It was the Nation's first nationally chartered bank established by women; and Mrs. Roebling was elected that year to head the Board of the new institution.
        Mrs. Roebling was born in West Collingswood, N. J. Her father was Isaac Dare Gindhart, Jr., a retired telephone company executive who served on the Board and the Executive Committee of Trenton Trust Company. Her mother was Mary W. (Simon) Gindhart, noted as a pianist and for her musical activities.
        Mrs. Roebling attended the public schools of Southern New Jersey and continued advance studies in economics and finance at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School and New York University.
        A widow, Mrs. Roebling has two children. Her daughter, Mrs. David J. Hobin, is the mother of four children and lives in Titusville, N. J., and Palm Beach, Fla. Her son, Paul, has achieved note as an actor on both the Broadway stage and in television. He is married to the former Olga Bellin, who also is in the theatre. They have one child, a son, Kristian.
        Mrs. Roebling maintains residences in Trenton, Denver and New York.
  

Other business affiliations include Boards of Directors of Companion Life Insurance, Mutual of Omaha: the Tattersall Company and the Board of Trustees of the Woods Schooli. Of which she is chairman.

THE FIRST WOMAN TO SERVE
—as member of New Jersey State Unemployment Compensation Commission
—as member of New Jersey State Investment Council
—as member of INCODEL (Interstate Commission on the Delaware River Basin)
—as Trustee of U. S. Council. International Chamber of Commerce
—as Chairman of Trenton Parking Authority
—as (only woman) member of Citizens Advisory Committee on Armed Services Training Installations (1950)
—as Life Trustee of National Defense Transportation Association —as member of National Council of State Governments
—as Honorary Colonel in Jersey Blues (First Foot Soldiers of Country)
—as member Board of Governors, Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
—as Governor of American Stock Exchange 1958-59
—as Economic Ambassador of State of New Jersey
—as Director of a New Jersey Fire Insurance Company
—as recipient of first "Golden Deeds" award issued by the New Jersey State Realtors Association
 
U.S. GOVERNMENT SERVICE
—Civilian Aide to Secretary of the Army for New Jersey 1971 to present
—Member, Regional Advisory Committee on Banking Policies and Practices
—Member, Postmaster General's Advisory Panel to Study Postal Rates
—Member, National Business Council on Consumer Affairs
—Delegate. Congress of North Atlantic Treaty Organization, London, 1959
—Only woman member. Citizens Committee on Armed Services Training Installations.
—Emeritus member, Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services
—Member, Advisory Committee to U.S. Commissioner General for Expo '67
—Member, Fourth District Advisory Council on Naval Affairs
—Member, Presidential Task Force on International Private Enterprise
 
STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT SERVICE
—Member, (initial chairman) New Jersey State Museum Advisory Council
—Member, New Jersey State Investment Council, serving under five Governors
—Economic Ambassador of State of New Jersey
—Member, former Unemployment Compensation Commission
—Member, Mercer County Improvement Authority
—Comptroller (former Chairman) Trenton Parking Authority
—Member, Council on N.J. Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

GENERAL PUBLIC ACTIVITIES
—Trustee, U.S. Council, International Chamber of Commerce
—Member, Greater Trenton Chamber of Commerce
—Member, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
—Board member, Delaware Valley Council
—Member, Invest-in-America Inc.
—Member, American Institute of Banking, American Bankers Association, National Association of Bank Women, New Jersey Bankers Association
—Member, American Women's Association, Business & Professional Women's Club, Zonta International, National Council of Women —Trustee. American Academy of Political Science
—Member, Overseas Press Club. American Newspaper Women's Association
—Center for the Study of The Presidency
—Founding President. Mercer County Community College Foundation
—Honorary Chairman, Greater Trenton Symphony Association
—Honorary member, National Council, Boy Scouts of America
—Member at large, George Washington Council, Boy Scouts of America
—Life member, New Jersey Firemen's Mutual Benevolent Association
—Member, Advisory Board, National Multiple Sclerosis Society
—Member, National Board, USO
 
MILITARY AFFILIATIONS
—Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for New Jersey 1971-present
—Founding President, Army War College Foundation, Inc.
—Member. Advisory Board, Association of the U.S. Army
—Honorary Colonel, Jersey Blues
—Member, Fourth District Advisory Council on Naval Affairs
—Trustee, Naval War College Foundation
—Life Member, National Defense Transportation Association
—Emeritus Member, DACOWITS (Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services)
—Only woman member, Citizens Advisory Committee on Armed Services Training Installations, 1950
—Life Trustee, George C. Marshall Research Foundation
—National Chairman, War Projects Committee, DAR
 
CLUB AND SOCIETY MEMBERSHIPS
—Advisory Trustee, American - Scandinavian Foundation, 1983-1987
—Daughter of the American Revolution, Colonial Daughters of the 17th Century, Society of Mayflower Descendents
—Swedish Colonial Society, Holland Society of America, Dutch Colonial Society, Huguenot Society
—New England Women, Pilgrim John Howland Society, Daughters of Colonial Wars, American Legion Auxiliary
—Order of Americans of Armorial Ancestry
—American Swedish Historical Foundation/Museum, American Museum of Immigration, Life Member of All Saints Guild of Trinity Cathedral
—Mechanical Bank Collectors of America, Art Collectors of America, National Button Society, Philadelphia Print Club of America, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Philadelphia Art Museum
—Seaview Country Club, 1925 F Street Club (Washington, D.C.), Lake Placid Club, Trenton Country Club, Contemporary Club, Colony Club, N.Y.
—Committee of 200

AWARDS
—Outstand Civilian Service Medal, Department of the Army
—Four Chaplains, 1969
—President's Medal, Association of the U. S. Army
—International Boss of the Year, National Secretaries Assn. (International)
—Gold Medal. Philadelphia Printing House Craftsmen, 1968
—Woman of the Month. American Women's Association, New York Chapter
—Citizenship. Allied Citizens Committee of Trenton
—Distinguished Daughter of New Jersey, Philadelphia Advertising Women
—Distinguished Service, U. S. Marine Corps League
—Eisenhower Prayer, U. S. Savings Bonds
—Golden Key, New York Federation of Jewish Philanthropies
—Achievement, Mary Bailey Heart Foundation
—Brotherhood, New Jersey Conference of Christians and Jews
—National Association of Insurance Women
—Top Hat, Trenton Business and Professional Women's Club 1965
—Ceceilia Gaines Holland, New Jersey State Federation of Women's Clubs
—Outstanding Women in Field of Banking, Who's Who in America
—Spirit of Achievement, Women's Division, Einstein Medical College, New York
—Woman of the Year, Trenton Friendship Council 1952
—Citizen of the Year, Delaware Valley Council, 1965
—Outstanding Service, National Defense Transportation Association —Israel Freedom Medal, Bonds for Israel
—Annual Patriotic, Bishop Griffin Assembly. Knights of Columbus
—George Washington Honor Medal, Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge
—Americanism, Anti-defamation League of B'Nai B'rith
—Commendatore of the Order of the Star of Solidarity by President of Italy
—The Royal Order of Vasa by His Majesty the King of Sweden
—Humanitarian, 1970, New Jersey Chapter, National Arthritus Foundation
—Business Statesman of the Year, 1970, Sales Executive Club of New Jersey
—Life Member. New Jersey Firemen's Mutual Benevolent Association
—Honory Colonel, Jersey Blues
—Golden Deeds Award, New Jersey Realtors Association
—Woman of the Year, City Business Club of Philadelphia 1975 —Devlin, New Jersey Association of Orthodontists
—General William Booth, Humanitarian, Salvation Army
—Jerusalem Holy City of Peace, State of Israel
—Citizen of the Year, 1982, Mercer County Chamber of Commerce
—Honorary Battalion Commander w/rank of LTC, Rider College ROTC
          
HONORARY DEGREES
—Doctor of Commercial Science, St. John's University
—Doctor of Law. Ithaca College
—Doctor of Science of Business Administration, Bryant College —Doctor of Science, Muhlenhcrg College
—Doctor of Humanities, Wilberforce University
—Doctor of Fine Arts, Rider College
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