Arthur “Art” F. Dickerson died on May 4, 2017. He was born in Seguin, Texas in February 1926. Art enlisted in the U.S. Navy during WWII and was enrolled in the University of Texas at Austin, where he graduated at age 19 and married Colleen B. Patton. He was employed by General Electric, having worked there for twenty three years. When the family moved to California, Art worked for the Hughes Corporation, where he managed the High Voltage DC Research Lab in Malibu. Art worked in research and development all his life and eventually started his own corporation, Bluepoint Associates. Art also taught, first for the University of Southern California and later for Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He was a painter, a poet, a photographer, a singer and a dancer. Art was preceeded in death by his wife Colleen Dickerson. He is survived by his daughters Shari Dickerson and Crystal Dickerson; his grandson Travis Reed and Travis’ fiancee Judi Jordan; his granddaughter Jessie Sokol and her husband David Sokol; and his great-grand- daughter Emily Sokol. He is also survived by his loving girlfriend Glenna Horton.
Jonathan Kandell writes:
David Rockefeller, the banker and philanthropist with the fabled family name who controlled Chase Manhattan bank for more than a decade and wielded vast influence around the world for even longer as he spread the gospel of American capitalism, died on Monday morning at his home in Pocantico Hills, N.Y. He was 101.
El empresario David Rockefeller, famoso por su inmensa fortuna y sus obras de caridad, murió este lunes a los 101 años mientras dormía en su casa, según informó su vocero.
Nieto de John D. Rockefeller, cofundador de la petrolera Standard Oil, luego se convirtió en el administrado de los bienes del clan y jefe de una red de intereses familiares, tanto comerciales como filantrópicos.
El conocido banquero presidió durante años el Chase Manhattan Bank y fue fundador de la Comisión Trilateral, creada en 1973 y considerada una de las organizaciones privadas más influyentes del mundo. El reciente cálculo de la revista Forbes cifró su fortuna actual en USD 3.300 millones, lo que lo ubicó 581 de las personas más acaudaladas.
NDP leader Thomas Mulcair wants to abolish it. Liberal leader Justin Trudeau unfriended it. Prime Minister Stephen Harper would like to avoid the subject. But last week the Canadian Senate proved that it can make a valuable contribution to public policy discourse by issuing a thoughtful report on North America.
It was a product of the Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade, chaired by Senator Raynell Andreychuk of Saskatchewan. Entitled North American Neighbours: Maximizing Opportunities and Strengthening Cooperation for a More Prosperous Future, the report weighs in at a concise 38 pages. The Committee heard from 22 witnesses including the Mexican Ambassador to Canada Francisco Suárez. (Full disclosure: I was a witness as well)
The report calls on the Government of Canada to improve bilateral relations with Mexico, which have been tense in recent years following the Harper government’s imposition of a visa requirement for Mexicans trying to enter Canada. Despite all the furor over illegal immigration from Mexico to the United States, neither country requires a visa for visitors from the other. Work visas are different and all three countries requires these of citizens of the other two.
Interestingly, the report gives three reasons for improving relations with Mexico. The first is that Mexico has significant potential as a partner for Canada. At a time when many Canadian firms, NGOs and students looking to study abroad are hoping for improved access to emerging markets, Canada already has privileged access to one of the most dynamic markets thanks to NAFTA. And Mexico’s energy reforms have led Mexican firms to look for partners abroad, so why not Canadian firms?