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Raymond Henry Bonham Carter (19 June 1929 – 17 January 2004) was a British banker and a member of the prominent Bonham Carter family.

Raymond Bonham Carter
Personal details
Born(1929-06-19)19 June 1929
Paddington, London, England
Died17 January 2004(2004-01-17) (aged 74)
ParentsSir Maurice Bonham-Carter
Violet Asquit, Baroness Asquith of Yarnbury


Early lifeEdit

He was born in Paddington, London,[1] to Sir Maurice Bonham Carter (1880–1960), a politician and cricketer, and his wife, Lady Violet Asquith (1887–1969), a political activist who was created Baroness Asquith of Yarnbury in 1964. Her father was H. H. Asquith (1852–1928), who served as Prime Minister from 1908 to 1916 and became the 1st Earl of Oxford and Asquith in 1925.

His elder siblings were Cressida Ridley, Laura Grimond and Mark Bonham Carter, Baron Bonham-Carter. He was educated at St. Ronan's School, Hawkhurst, Winchester College and Magdalen College, Oxford,[2] graduating in 1952. He then went to Harvard.[3]


At various times, he held senior posts with the Bank of England (1958–1963), the International Monetary Fund (1961–1963), Warburgs (1963–1977), and the Department of Industry (1977–1979).[3]

Marriage and childrenEdit

In 1958, he married Elena Propper de Callejón,[2] daughter of Spanish diplomat Eduardo Propper de Callejón (1895–1972) and his Austrian-French Jewish wife, Helene Fould-Springer. Together, they had three children:

In 1979, he was diagnosed with a brain tumour, which was removed by surgery but left him quadriplegic and partially blind.[6]


  1. ^ England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1916-2007
  2. ^ a b "Obituary in The Independent". 30 January 2004. Retrieved 17 December 2008.
  3. ^ a b "Obituary in The Daily Telegraph". The Telegraph. 24 January 2004. Retrieved 17 December 2008.
  4. ^ "The 70th Academy Awards 1998". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  5. ^ "The 83rd Academy Awards 2011". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  6. ^ Slater, Lydia (20 April 2016). "Helana Bonham Carter is our June Issue Cover Star". Harper's Bazaar. Retrieved 5 January 2017.

Further readingEdit

  • Jenni Frazer. "How Helena’s grandfather was finally recognised as a true hero" The Jewish Chronicle 8 February 2008, narrating how Eduardo Propper de Callejón was recognized as "Righteous Among Nations" recently. Retrieved 28 February 2008. NB: Back issues of the Chronicle require a subscription or a per-day payment for access.