Barbara Dixon Obituary, Death – The DIXON–On September 15, 2023, Barbara Saslaw, who was 76 years old, passed away unexpectedly. Her devoted husband of 50 years, Chris, her sister Liz Saslaw, her nieces Rachel Rogers, Jessica Sananes, and Bridgette Bartlett, her nephew Tyler Adam, and six grandnieces and grandnephews are among those who are left behind after her passing.
Barbara, a graduate of Vassar College with a degree in economics in 1969, was one of the first women to work in the managed futures market and a prominent woman on Wall Street at a time when the glass barrier had not yet been broken. At the beginning of her career, she worked at Hayden Stone as an assistant to Richard Donchian, also known as “the father of trend following.”
She supervised his trading system, which was an ancestor of modern computer trading. She started Spackenkill Trading, which is an independent commodity trading advisor, and maintained her career at Shearson and successor companies until she retired as executive vice president of Shearson Lehman Brothers in 1993. Prior to that, she worked for a long time as a commodity trader.
The Future Industries Institute board of directors included her as a member. After she retired, she committed her time and energy to the work of non-profit organizations that promote the preservation of open space, landscapes, and gardens. She served as director emeritus of New Yorkers for Parks, chair of the Cultural Landscape Foundation, and chair of the Yellow Farmhouse Education Center. The Yellow Farmhouse Education Center is an educational institution whose mission is to educate students about the origins of food and the ways in which food influences our day-to-day lives.