Sherwin Badger Portrait PhotoSherwin Badger was born in Boston on August 29, 1901. He graduated from Harvard University in 1923. After two years with the United Fruit Company in Boston and Cuba, he joined the Boston News Bureau moving to New York with the Dow Jones Publications in 1925.  He served as editor of Barrons, the National Financial Weekly from 1932-1935.

Mr. Badger, in addition to his business activities, was a world champion sportsman, having twice represented the United States in Figure Skating at the Olympics. As a singles skater, Badger won five U.S. national titles from 1920-1924. He later became a pairs skater, teaming up with Beatrix Loughran to win national titles from 1930-1932 and a silver medal at the 1932 Winter Olympics. Badger also served as President of the US Skating Association for several years in the 1930s.

In 1940, Badger joined New England Mutual Life Insurance where he became a member of the Board of Directors in 1960 and Senior Vice President in 1964.

Badger was an active member of Boston’s business community as well other
organizations in the Boston community. His affiliations included his position as Director and member of the Trust Committee and Executive Committee of the Old Colony Trust Company; Director and member of the Executive Committee, Mass. Business Development Corp.; Director of the Downtown Waterfront Corp; Director of Mass. Small Business Investment Company, Inc.; Director, Boston Opera Association; Trustee, Children’s Hospital Medical Center and New England Baptist Hospital; Trustee and member of Board of Investment, Charlestown Savings Bank; Member, Committee on University resources of Harvard University; Chairman, Finance Advisory Board, Commonwealth of Massachusetts; and the Transportation and Communication Committee, US Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Badger joined the NEC Board of Trustees in 1953 and was elected Chairman in 1961. As Chairman, Badger secured major grants from the Ford Foundation in addition to other significant grants from national foundations including the Rockefeller Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Andrew W. Mellon Trust, and the Spaulding-Potter Charitable Trust. Badger announced his retirement from the board in November, 1971.He died shortly thereafter on April 8, 1972.

Source: New England Conservatory Alumni News, vol. 3 no.4, January 1972

Physical description

This collection consists of approximately 1.4 lin. ft, housed in two record cartons. All of these records are paper.


This collection consists of materials created by or belonging to Sherwin Badger who was the Chairman of the NEC Board of Trustees from 1961-1972. These
records have been in storage since Badger’s tenure and were transferred to the NEC archives in 2004.


Access to the Sherwin Badger Collection is granted by the Archivist or Director of Libraries. Appointments must be scheduled in advance. There may be some restrictions pertaining to this collection. Access will be determined on a case by case basis.


All copyrights to this collection belong to the New England Conservatory.
Permission to publish materials from this collection is granted by the Director of Libraries. This collection should be cited as: Records of Sherwin Badger, Chairman, Board of Trustees, 1961-1972 in the Archives at New England Conservatory, Boston.