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John Sigsbee Rees Shad (June 27, 1923 – July 7, 1994),[1] served as chairman of U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission between 1981 and 1987. He also served as the ambassador to the Netherlands. He earned degrees from the University of Southern California, the Harvard Business School and the New York University Law School.[2]

He said when he was the head of the SEC that he had wanted to spend a third of his life learning, a third earning, and a third serving.

He had two children, Leslie Shad and Rees Shad, and was married to Patricia Shad.



  1. ^ Leonard Sloane (9 July 1994). "John S. R. Shad Dies at 71; S.E.C. Chairman in the 80's". The New York Times. p. 1 11. Retrieved 22 December 2021.
  2. ^ Sloane, Leonard. "John S. R. Shad Dies at 71; S.E.C. Chairman in the 80's".
  3. ^ "Suddenly, Business Schools Tackle Ethics", by SANDRA SALMANSAUG. August 2, 1987 The New York Times. Retrieved March 10, 2019.
  4. ^ "A Campus Built on Philanthropy - Shad Hall", Harvard Business School. Retrieved March 10, 2019.
Government offices Preceded byHarold M. Williams Securities and Exchange Commission Chair 1981 – 1987 Succeeded byDavid Sturtevant Ruder Diplomatic posts Preceded byL. Paul Bremer 58th U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands 1987–1989 Succeeded byC. Howard Wilkins, Jr.