Ralph Taussig, 84, an investment banker who specialized in international finance, died Jan. 11 at his home in Huntingdon Valley.
A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Taussig commuted to New York for 30 years to work for investment companies. He also traveled abroad, advising governments on financial matters. He worked from his home office since the late 1980s.
He spoke French, German and Arabic.
Taussig served in the Army's 29th Infantry Division during World War II. He participated in the liberation of the Buchenwald concentration camp, and later prosecuted war criminals in Stuttgart, Germany.
Active with the USO, he organized events and activities for military personnel, and served as chairman of the Jewish Welfare Board of Philadelphia for 18 years.
For the last 10 years, Taussig gave lectures on current events and politics at the Masterman School in Philadelphia. He also spoke about World War II and the Holocaust at Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia and at local community centers.
Taussig is survived by his wife, the former Sally Gimbel; daughter Priscilla Taussig; sons Andrew Taussig and John Taussig; and four grandchildren.