John S.R. Shad

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John Sigsbee Rees Shad (1923–1994), served as chairman of U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission between 1981 and 1987. He also served as the ambassador to the Netherlands. He earned degrees from the University of Southern California, the Harvard Business School and the New York University Law School.[1]

He said when he was the head of the SEC that he had wanted to spend a third of his life learning, a third earning, and a third serving.

He had two children, Leslie Shad and Rees Shad, and was married to Patricia Shad.


  • Shad Hall, at Harvard Business School, was named for him; in 1987, Shad had provided a $20 million endowment to the school for a "Business Leadership and Ethics" program.[2] [3]


  1. ^ Sloane, Leonard. "John S. R. Shad Dies at 71; S.E.C. Chairman in the 80's".
  2. ^ "Suddenly, Business Schools Tackle Ethics", by SANDRA SALMANSAUG. August 2, 1987 The New York Times. Retrieved March 10, 2019.
  3. ^ "A Campus Built on Philanthropy - Shad Hall", Harvard Business School. Retrieved March 10, 2019.

Government offices
Preceded by
Harold M. Williams
Securities and Exchange Commission Chair
1981 – 1987
Succeeded by
David Sturtevant Ruder
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
L. Paul Bremer
58th U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands
Succeeded by
C. Howard Wilkins, Jr.