Jeffrey R. Grandy


Died December 10, 1939 – April 12, 2017,Vero Beach, Florida

College: Saybrook
Major: English
Graduate School: New York University, M.B.A., Finance, 1964

Widow: Mrs. Mary P. Grandy
708 Grove Place
Vero Beach, FL 32963-9500
772-581-9077 (Fax)

Children: Jeffrey Grandy, 1966; Edward Grandy, 1968; Paul Gallant, 1969; Sarah Gallant, 1972; Stuart Grandy, 1972
Grandchildren: Carter Gallant, 2000; Reed Gallant, 2003; Hailey Grandy, 2002; Henry Grandy, 2003; Marlon Grandy, 2003; Lyra Grandy, 2005; Alexander Kurita, 2005; Kendall Kurita, 2007; Katherine Kurita, 2009

GRANDY—Jeffrey Ransom,of Vero Beach, FL, formerly of Bedford, NY died peacefully at home on April 12, 2017. He was born in Sioux City, Iowa on December 10, 1939 to the late William F. and Bonnie Grandy. Jeff graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy and magna cum laude from Yale University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and took great pride in being a 1960-61 Whiffenpoof. He received an MBA from New York University and spent his career at Citibank, retiring as a Senior Vice President. Jeff is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Mary Gallant Grandy, children, Jeffrey M. Grandy, Edward (Natalie) B. Grandy, A. Stuart (Sarah) Grandy, Paul (Jennifer) Gallant and Sarah (Rocky) Gallant Kurita, his nine adored grandchildren, Carter and Reed Gallant, Hailey and Henry Grandy, Marlon and Lyra Grandy, Zander, Kendall and Katherine Kurita, who knew him as “Poppy”, and brothers, William (Jeanne) Grandy and Fred (Catherine) Grandy. A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 12 at noon at St. Matthew’s Church, Bedford, New York. In Jeff’s memory, donations may be made to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, 636 Morris Turnpike, Suite 3A, Short Hills, NJ 07078 or the Indian Medical Center Foundation, 1000 36th St., Vero Beach, FL 32960.

After graduation, I returned to my hometown, Sioux City, Iowa, to be with my younger brother, Fred. As our father had passed away during my junior year, and then our mother died in the spring of senior year, I wanted to be with Fred and his new guardian, Margaret, our mom’s best friend.

The following spring I went on active duty in the Army for six months. Upon release I moved to New York to join Citibank, which had recruited me senior year. I spent the next 30 years there, moving through a variety of interesting and challenging jobs. My most interesting experiences were in Rio de Janeiro and London. I retired after our London assignment and returned to our home in Bedford, N.Y.

I had married at an early age and had three sons. Sadly, my wife had a severe mental illness, paranoid schizophrenia. Upon the doctor’s recommendation, we divorced, and I had custody of the three boys.

A few years later, I was blessed to marry Mary Gallant. Her husband had died of a heart attack, and she was left with their son and daughter. We all moved in together, and the years rolled by beautifully.

Our oldest son, Jeff, became a nuclear physicist at MIT and joined Livermore National Labs in California. Ted graduated from Middlebury College and Emory Law School. He married a wonderful woman, Natalie, from Salt Lake City, and practices law there. They have a daughter and a son. Paul, a graduate of the University of Richmond, stayed in Virginia. After a few years as a golf pro, he became a businessman/salesman in capital equipment. He and his wife, Jen, have two fine boys.

Sarah taught in Los Angeles for Teach for America for two years, then returned to N.Y. as a recruiter for TA. She married Rocky Kurita, a former classmate at Bucknell. They have three children, a boy and two girls, and live in New York City. Stuart, who was born in Brazil, got his Ph.D. at Michigan State, and now teaches at U. of New Hampshire. He and his wife, Sarah, have a boy and a girl.

Well, that adds up to five productive children and nine grandchildren.

Why have I devoted so much space to my family? Because they are the most important things in life to us. We are truly blessed to see them throughout the year.

In 2003, I had a terrible fall, which has left me a quadriplegic. Thankfully my family has kept me going.

I am fortunate that I still can sing. The 1961 Whiffs have come several times to Vero Beach, where we reside in winter, and we have great fun. This February we will be preparing for our 50th Reunion concerts.

My Yale experience was wonderful and helped prepare me for a productive life. Now I can’t wait to see many old friends at the Reunion!