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Ralph Kirk Eyster

Monday, October 4, 2004; Page B06

Ralph Kirk Eyster Financial Analyst

Ralph Kirk Eyster, 97, for many years a financial analyst with the Securities and Exchange Commission, died Sept. 27 of kidney failure at Sibley Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Eyster was born in Haddonfield, N.J., and received a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1929. He lived in Paris for a couple of years after graduation, working in banking and travel before going to New York to take a position as a tax accountant with Guaranty Trust Co.

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He also worked as chief of the tax division for Chemical Bank and as a tax adviser and estate administrator for S.W. Childs Management Co.

In 1943, he joined the Merchant Marine. He was a purser-pharmacist and something of an unofficial nurse aboard a merchant ship for a year before being put in charge of crew matters in Calcutta, Singapore and Shanghai.

In 1947, he joined the Department of the Army as a financial economist responsible for preparing reorganization plans for large monopolistic companies in Japan. He then supervised the actual reorganization effort. He also had sole responsibility for the liquidation of wartime financial institutions in Japan with assets of 400 billion yen.

From 1951 to 1961, Mr. Eyster was with the U.S. Agency for International Development. He administered a technical assistance study group in Washington responsible for determining best techniques and also served as the agency's executive officer in Tunisia, Laos, Indonesia and Burma.

In 1961, he moved to the SEC, where he was a financial analyst in the Division of Corporation Finance. His special assignments included a study of insurance companies and their compliance with securities laws, work with a study group examining the applicability of U.S. securities laws to foreign securities and a statistical and analytic study of real estate investment trusts. He also conducted a review of registrations by companies filing for the first time to determine if their filings should be expedited, refused review or reviewed in detail.

He retired as a senior financial analyst in 1977.

Mr. Eyster lived in Spain for two years and London for one year after his retirement. An avid hiker, he traveled a great deal and hiked in the Alps.

A resident of the area from 1961 until his death, he began spending winters in Honolulu 20 years ago. He continued to hike trails in Hawaii into his nineties. He also liked to sail and owned a boat on the Chesapeake Bay.

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