In Memoriam: Victor Sidhu (1938-2014)

Victor was born in Pittsburgh in 1938 to an Indian born father.

Studying physics at Princeton, his first job was at Argonne National Laboratory designing and building an early quadrupole magnet for focusing linear accelerator beams. Victor’s own path, however, proved far from linear. His insatiable curiosity then led him to the social sciences. He earned a B.A. in political science from the University of Chicago. He married Nancy Chadwick Dayton and they headed to doctoral studies at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, she in quantitative economics, he in sociology Then, daughter Mary arrived. Victor was then enticed by the financial world, which occupied him for the rest of his career. He left his mark on such institutions as Dean Witter & Company and Chicago Title & Trust before starting RMI Corporation. He joined Harris Trust & Savings Bank and rose to Institutional Trust Division Manager. In 1987 he and Nancy moved to Los Angeles and he worked with First Interstate Bank of California, Capital Research & Management Company and then as Chief Investment Officer at Santa Barbara Bank & Trust. Everywhere, his employees considered him their “best boss ever.”

Victor also served as a Deacon at the Winnetka Congregational Church and was an active congregant at Westwood Presbyterian Church and a lifelong supporter of The Salvation Army.

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