About Bernard Nathaniel Waley-Cohen
Sir Bernard Nathaniel Waley-Cohen, 1st Baronet (29 May 1914–3 July 1991), was a British businessman. He was Lord Mayor of London in 1960. He was educated at Clifton College where he was a member of Polacks.
The son of Sir Robert Waley-Cohen, Waley-Cohen was Alderman, City of London Portsoken Ward, 1949–84; Sheriff of London, 1955–56; Lord Mayor of London, 1960–61; one of the Lieutenants, City of London, 1949-1991. He was a director of the Palestine Corporation, founded in 1922 by a number British businessmen to promote economic development in the British mandate of Palestine, much of which later became Israel. Waley-Cohen was a member of the College Committee of University College London, 1953-80. He was Treasurer 1962-70, Vice-Chairman 1970 and Chairman, 1971-80.
He was made a Knight Bachelor in 1957 and made a Baronet, of Honeymead in the County of Somerset, in 1961. Waley-Cohen married the Hon. Joyce Constance Ina, daughter of Harry Nathan, 1st Baron Nathan. Their children are Rosalind Burdon (married to the NZ businessman and former politician Philip Burdon), Sir Stephen Waley-Cohen, Joanna Waley-Cohen and Robert Waley-Cohen. Their grandson, the amateur jockey Sam Waley-Cohen, came 5th on his father's horse Liberthine in the 2007 Grand National and won the delayed 2010 King George VI Chase in January 2011 on Long Run, preventing Kauto Star from winning the race for a record fifth consecutive year. He subsequently won the 2011 Cheltenham Gold Cup on Long Run.
Bernard Waley-Cohen, Ex-London Mayor, 77
Published: July 06, 1991
Sir Bernard Waley-Cohen, a businessman who assisted the development of modern Israel and served a term as Lord Mayor of London, died on Wednesday. He was 77 years old.
He died at his home in the Somerset village of Simonsbath. The family did not release the cause of death.
Sir Bernard had a varied career in companies connected with investment banking, real estate development, investment and farming. He was a director of the Palestine Corporation, founded in 1922 by British businessmen to encourage the economic development in the British mandate of Palestine, much of which became Israel.
In 1960 he was elected the 633d Lord Mayor of London by the aldermen of the City, London's financial district. His one-year term is remembered for the parties he gave at his official Mansion House residence.
His father, Sir Robert Waley Cohen -- the name was not hyphenated until 1950 -- was an oil industry pioneer with the Shell company.
Sir Bernard is survived by his wife, Joyce, two sons and two daughters. His funeral will be on Monday at Willesden Cemetery in London.