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Ronald T. Gault

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Investment Banker

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Yellow
Favorite Food:
Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Golf resorts, Tennis resorts
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
12/18/1940
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Investment Banker

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Yellow
Favorite Food:
Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Golf resorts, Tennis resorts
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
12/18/1940
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Businessman and consultant Ron Gault was born in Chicago, Illinois, on December 18, 1940. After high school, Gault attended Grinnell College, earning his bachelor’s degree in 1962. From there, Gault attended the University of Michigan Graduate School of Public Policy and Management and the Washington University School of Law.

Gault started his professional career working with the Urban League doing voter education and registration, and, in 1964, he joined USAID. The next year, Gault joined the Foreign Service, and though he wished to go to the Francophone Africa program, he instead went to Vientiane, Laos. In 1965, Gault returned, taking a job at the U.S. Justice Department, where he worked under Ramsey Clark and Roger Wilkins in mediation. In 1969, Gault left the Justice Department to go to work with the Ford Foundation,where he remained until 1978. That same year, Gault took a position as a senior advisor to Ed Koch, former mayor of New York City. In 1979, Gault began focusing his energies on busing and employment issues, and, in 1984, he was named the managing director of 1st Boston Corp. In 1994, Gault joined J.P. Morgan, where he headed to Johannesburg, South Africa, to serve as the CEO of business development and client relations for the new branch located there.

Gault is married to Charlayne Hunter-Gault, former CNN bureau chief for South Africa. During their time there, the Gaults were victims of an assault and went unaided by watching policemen. After an international backlash, the officers were reprimanded and the offender jailed. After moving back to the United States, the couple maintained a home in Massachusetts, where they remained active supporters of the arts.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Ronald T. Gault's interview, session one
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Ronald T. Gault lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Ronald T. Gault talks about his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Ronald T. Gault shares a story about a maternal great uncle who got into a fistfight with a white man in Mississippi
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Ronald T. Gault describes his mother's childhood in Chicago, Illinois and her life in retirement
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Ronald T. Gault talks about his father's family background and his knowledge of his maternal family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Ronald T. Gault talks about his father's education and early career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Ronald T. Gault explains how his father became a scout for the Chicago White Sox professional baseball team
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Ronald T. Gault talks about his father's career as a baseball scout
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Ronald T. Gault recalls getting in trouble at baseball practice while on the team at DuSable High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Ronald T. Gault recalls a football player at Dunbar Vocational High School that his father scouted for the Chicago White Sox
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Ronald T. Gault describes how his parents met and their personalities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Ronald T. Gault describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Ronald T. Gault describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Ronald T. Gault talks about having blue eyes
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Ronald T. Gault talks about his childhood personality and telling stories with his grandmother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Ronald T. Gault describes applying to the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Ronald T. Gault describes suffering from polio as a youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Ronald T. Gault explains how he contracted polio and learned to overcome its effects at school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Ronald T. Gault describes the upperclassmen's treatment of underclassmen at DuSable High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Ronald T. Gault talks about wanting to change the culture of bullying at DuSable High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Ronald T. Gault recalls getting into a fistfight with a friend
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Ronald T. Gault recalls standing up for a student who made a grammatical error during student council election speeches at DuSable High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Ronald T. Gault recalls advocating for higher-ranking positions for his African American colleagues at the U.S. Department of Justice
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Ronald T. Gault explains his decision to attend Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Ronald T. Gault describes his experiences at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Ronald T. Gault recalls his attempts to take a stand against a discriminatory restaurant in Grinnell, Iowa in 1961, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Ronald T. Gault recalls his attempts to take a stand against a discriminatory restaurant in Grinnell, Iowa in 1961, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Ronald T. Gault remembers attending a sit-in conference in Washington, D.C. as a student at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Ronald T. Gault recalls attempting to attend a demonstration on Rainbow Beach in Chicago, Illinois in 1964
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Ronald T. Gault remembers being discriminated against at a bowling alley in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Ronald T. Gault describes being discriminated against while trying to get a haircut in a federal building in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Ronald T. Gault remembers other African American students at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa and his college girlfriend
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Ronald T. Gault recalls his professors at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Ronald T. Gault explains his decision to attend the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan for graduate school
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Ronald T. Gault describes his experience as a graduate student at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Ronald T. Gault remembers his work with the Chicago Urban League
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Ronald T. Gault talks about his experience in the Foreign Service
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Ronald T. Gault recalls going to work for the U.S. Department of Justice and the lack of African Americans in senior positions
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Ronald T. Gault talks about his life as a bachelor in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Ronald T. Gault talks about his relationship with Roger Wilkins and considering who could replace him as Assistant Attorney General
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Ronald T. Gault talks about Benjamin F. Holman
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Ronald T. Gault talks about Benjamin F. Holman's appointment as Assistant Attorney General and leaving the U.S. Department of Justice
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Ronald T. Gault explains why Benjamin L. Holman was the best option for Assistant Attorney General following Roger Wilkins
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Ronald T. Gault talks about his work at the Ford Foundation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Ronald T. Gault recalls working with The Woodlawn Organization as they attempted to structure Hillman's supermarket in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Ronald T. Gault remembers an instance of fraud at the Ford Foundation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Ronald T. Gault reflects upon his decision to leave the Ford Foundation in 1978
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Ronald T. Gault talks about joining the administration of New York, New York's mayor Ed Koch, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Slating of Ronald T. Gault's interview, session two
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Ronald T. Gault talks about joining the administration of New York, New York's mayor Ed Koch, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Ronald T. Gault talks about his role in New York, New York mayor Edward Koch's administration
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Ronald T. Gault recalls successfully working with David Rockefeller and the City of New York Department of Sanitation
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Ronald T. Gault remembers his and Mayor Edward Koch's relationships to African American New Yorkers
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Ronald T. Gault describes leaving Edward Koch's mayoral administration after six years
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Ronald T. Gault talks about his experience at First Boston Corporation in the 1980s
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Ronald T. Gault talks about his work at J.P. Morgan
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Ronald T. Gault talks about his involvement in South Africa and with the African National Congress
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Ronald T. Gault describes the atmosphere in South Africa upon his arrival there in 1996
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Ronald T. Gault describes being assaulted with his wife by a white South African and two white South African police officers
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Ronald T. Gault critiques the prosecutor of the legal case against the South Africans who assaulted him
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Ronald T. Gault talks about economic development in South Africa, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Ronald T. Gault talks about economic development in South Africa, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Ronald T. Gault talks about J.P. Morgan's successes in South Africa
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Ronald T. Gault talks about his post-retirement business ventures
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Ronald T. Gault describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Ronald T. Gault reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 8 Story: 10 - Ronald T. Gault reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 11 - Ronald T. Gault talks about his family
  • Tape: 8 Story: 12 - Ronald T. Gault describes how he would like to be remembered