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James F. Babcock took up writing after retiring from a forty year career in international and domestic banking. Educated at Princeton and the Wharton School of Finance, he served three years in the Navy as a disbursing and supply officer afloat, where he bought ship food and supplies at ports on the shores of the Atlantic, Caribbean, Arctic, and Mediterranean.
His work as a banker took him to South America, Europe, New York, and Virginia. Starting as a traveling auditor for Citibank, he visited Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Chile, Peru, and Brazil, where he learned Spanish and a little Portuguese. After marrying a lovely Virginia girl, the moved with Citibank to Colombia, where he served as a lending officer, foreign exchange trader, personnel officer, and branch manager. Later, he was sent by Citibank to Belgium to help acquire and then manage Financia NV, a banking, finance, and insurance conglomerate where he used his rusty French and tussled with Flemish.
Deciding at age 40 to relocate the family to the United States, he joined First Virginia Bankshares as senior vice president in charge of the non-banking subsidiaries, then subsequently supervised the operations and marketing functions for the lead bank in Northern Virginia. In 1977, he was transferred to Norfolk, Virginia, as President and CEO (and later Chairman) of the First Virginia Bank of Tidewater, with branches throughout the Hampton Roads region of Southeast Virginia.
For the next twenty-five years, his role as a local banker provided opportunities to serve the community in numerous positions, including Rector of Old Dominion University, Chairman of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, and President of the Virginia Symphony.
Now, in retirement and residing with his family in Virginia Beach, he pursues his hobbies of birdwatching, gardening, playing the violin, reading, and dabbling in the writing of music and novels. His creative stuff can be seen at www.booksbyjamesbabcock.com--a place where you might enjoy doing your birthday or holiday shopping. Drop in!