Honorary Trustees – Bios

 

R. Dyke Benjamin recently stepped down as President, Chairman and CEO of the Annie Tinker Association for Women, a commitment that His spanned more than 50 years. He is a project consultant for Anthony Knerr & Associates and a managing director of Axiom Capital Management Inc. A former director of Lazard Asset Management LLC, Mr. Benjamin has been an investment advisor and securities analyst at Lazard for more than 30 years. As a part of his overall wealth management responsibilities in the U.S. and the Middle East, the financial and organizational structures of eleemosynary institutions has been a primary focus. The organizational investment advisory structure for the active management of exchange traded funds has become a tactical/strategic investment discipline of particular interest.

Mr. Benjamin is chairman of the Audit Committee for the Bibliographical Society of America, Inc., advisor to the Board of Trustees of the Modern Language Association, treasurer of the American Trust for the British Library, a member of the Finance Committee of St. Philip’s Church, and a member of the Finance Committee of the Support Center for Nonprofit Management. Mr. Benjamin served on the U. S. House of Representatives’ Select Committee on Hunger. He was chairman of the Finance Committee and treasurer of the Century Association and the Grolier Club of New York City. Mr. Benjamin has been a financial advisor to several United Methodist City Society charities including the Five Points Mission, one of the oldest charities in New York City. Mr. Benjamin was a member of the vestry of St. Bartholomew’s Church and a director of Girls Inc., formerly The Girls’ Club of America, Inc.

Mr. Benjamin is a collector of the books and letters of the 19th Century art critic and social reformer John Ruskin, who was a major influence upon Gandhi’s reforms. Mr. Benjamin’s publications include “John Ruskin, the Formation of a Private Collection”, “Ruskin Observed”, and “Ruskin Remembered”. In another context, for the Islamic Investment Conference in Geneva, Switzerland in 2002, Mr. Benjamin authored Greater World Stability Through Innovative Ethical Finance.

Mr. Benjamin is a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts and The Financial Planning Association. With a BA from Harvard College and an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, and as an American record holder in long distance running, Mr. Benjamin was undergraduate co-recipient of the William J. Bingham Award, the highest student-athlete award at Harvard. Upon graduation, Mr. Benjamin was elected a marshal of his class, and for his 25th reunion he was elected Chief Marshal.

 

Carolyn L. Smith has been involved in organizations benefitting women, children and the homeless for many years. For 11 years, she served as chairman of the Christ Church United Methodist Soup Kitchen. She is also a past president of the Grolier Club and is currently president of the Cosmopolitan Club. Originally from Nebraska, she loves New York City but feels there are many residents who have a difficult time living here. She is particularly interested in the Tinker Association because it assists formerly employed older women, who have little or no pension and who have found the city becoming an economic challenge as they grow older. The Association provides a family-like community for women living alone and on limited means.

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