Paul Graham Tongue
December 30, 1932 – July 7, 2020
Paul Graham Tongue, 87, passed away unexpectedly on July 7, 2020, at his home in Williamsburg Landing, Williamsburg, VA.
He was predeceased by his parents, George Paul and Florence (Kogel) Tongue, his sister Barbara Herold, and by his beloved son, Douglas Paul Tongue. He is survived by his loving wife, Marjorie (nee Meyers), his daughter Suzanne T. Douglas, his brother David W. Tongue (Diane) of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and many nieces and nephews.
A native of Philadelphia, PA, Paul graduated from Central High School and earned a BS degree in Commerce from Drexel University, followed by an MBA from New York University. He and his wife, Marjorie, were married in 1954 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he served in the U.S. Army at Sandia Base during the Korean War. He was assigned to the Special Weapons Command where he taught electric circuitry.
In 1957, he joined the Chase Manhattan Bank (now J.P Morgan Chase), where he served for over thirty years in a variety of managerial positions in Operations, Data Processing, and Consumer Banking. In the early 1970’s, beginning with a fledgling plastic card, he expanded the bank’s consumer credit card business into a major force in consumer banking nationwide. When government regulation limited the growth of the credit card business in NY, he spearheaded the establishment of the Chase (USA) Bank in Wilmington, Delaware.
At the time of his retirement in 1987, he was Senior Vice President in charge of the International Consumer Banking Group in London, UK, with responsibility for the development and administration of retail banking activities in some 20 countries. His expertise in the consumer credit business led to further opportunities, first as Executive Vice President of software company Veritas Venture, Inc., and later with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture).
He was a founding member of the Bank Card Division of the American Bankers Association, and chaired the Consumer Banking Division of the New York State Bankers Association.
Upon moving to Ford's Colony in 1992, he served on the boards of the Williamsburg Symphonia League and the Williamsburg Symphonia (now the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra). He was also involved in the Williamsburg Area Arts Commission, Williamsburg Area Performing Arts Center, Colonial Area Republican Men's Association, and The Middle Plantation Club. From 2001 to 2003, he served as President of First Night Williamsburg. He was a trustee for the Williamsburg Presbyterian Church, and his many interests included classical music, the opera, golfing and especially fishing.
He will be remembered for his love of story telling and jokes, with a wit that was second to none. A graveside committal service will be held at Cedar Grove Cemetery Memorial Garden on Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 10:00 AM. Due to the current health restrictions by the state of VA, a memorial service and reception will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, or to the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra. Nelsen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Cedar Grove Cemetery
Paul Graham Tongue
July 14, 2020
A wonderful friend and neighbor. Whenever we were in Paul's
presence, he would always lift our spirits. We will miss him.
John and Audrey Chiricotti
July 13, 2020
I've known Paul since I moved to Williamsburg in 1997.
We shared membership in the Presbyterian Church and Middle Plantation Club, seeing each other on a weekly basis.
I'll miss his smile and friendship at both places.
July 11, 2020
I knew paul for many years, as we were both friends of Bill.
Paul was one of the nicest kindest men I have know.
No matter how he was feeling he had such a wonderful warm appreciation
of those around him....his sense of humor was well known in
our circle and the many breakfast we enjoy was always cheerful with his presence.
May the good Lord forever hold him in his arms
July 10, 2020
It was my privilege and pleasure to serve with Paul on the board of directors of First Night - Williamsburg when I first arrived in Virginia in 2003. Paul was always encouraging and welcoming to this newcomer to the community, and he remained supportive throughout my five years as a board member and 10 more years after that as a First Night performer. He will be missed.
Greg and Beckie Davy
July 9, 2020
Remembering Paul's ever present smile and good cheer. Condolences from the entire Davy family, including silver-polishing daughter Tara.
July 9, 2020
We did not know him, we were informed by our neighbors however we just want to send our condolences. May God give your family comfort and peace during this hurting time. Rest in Peace Paul.
Love, The Williams Family