Alumni Authors

As a celebration of our alumni, each month we will highlight a new book written by one of Oxford's North American-based alumni.
For September 2017, our author is Barrie Wigmore (Worcester, 1964).


Barrie Wigmore is a retired Goldman Sachs partner, professional investor, financial historian, and philanthropist.

He was born in Canada in 1941, married his wife, Deedee, in 1964, went to Oxford University, and subsequently worked for the Canadian investment dealer A.E. Ames & Co. (since disappeared).  He came to the United States in 1970 to work for Goldman, Sachs & Co.  He founded the firm’s Public Utility Department dealing with electric and gas utilities, natural gas pipelines, and telephone companies around the world.  He was involved in most of the pipeline mergers and United Kingdom utility privatizations in the 1980s.  He retired in 1988, but maintained an office at Goldman Sachs until 2006.

He holds degrees from the University of Saskatchewan, the University of Oregon, and Oxford University.  He was granted an Honourary Doctor of Laws by the University of Saskatchewan and is an honourary fellow of Worcester College, Oxford.

He has published two financial histories—The Crash and Its Aftermath—Securities Markets in the United States 1929-1933 (Greenwood Press, 1986) and Securities Markets in the 1980s (Oxford University Press, 1995)—and a novel—Morgenthal & Co. The Story of an Important Investment Bank 1972-2010 (Amazon, 2013)—as well as numerous academic articles on financial history.  He is currently working on a history of the Crisis of 2008.

He was deeply involved in the election of President Clinton and several of the signature policies of his administration.

Mr. Wigmore is a trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Chairman of the Trust for the Endowment of Worcester College, Oxford.  He was a director of Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan from 1989-2002 and National Service Industries from 1997-2002.

He is a member of Winged Foot Golf Club, and is an avid, but not particularly good, golfer.  He is a better poker player.

His wife, Deedee, is President of D. Wigmore Fine Art Inc., one of the leading dealers in historic American paintings.

The Wigmores maintain a second home in the Adirondack Mountains near Saranac Lake, NY that features historic arts & crafts buildings, 2 dogs, 2 cats, bald eagles, many specimen trees, and extensive perennial gardens.

You can purchase Morgenthal & Co. The Story of an Important Investment Bank 1972-2010 for your Kindle here.


Are you an alumni author?

If you have written a book which was published within the last three years, or is due to be released soon, please email us the following information.

Your full name
Alumni number (or college/year of matriculation)
Title of book
Date of publication
Link to purchase the book online

We thank you for sharing your books with us, and will let you know if you are selected for a feature in the coming months.

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