Curriculum Vitae

RAYMOND B. VICKERS

Contact Information:

3010 Mc Collie Avenue
Anchorage, Alaska 99517
(907) 315-0080
RVick33333@aol.com

Personal Information:

Birth date:  March 20, 1949, Los Angeles
Married, three children

Education:

Ph.D., Economic and Business History, 1990. Vincent P. Carosso of New York University, the nation’s foremost banking historian and author of The Morgans:  Private International Bankers:  1854-1913, served as the banking expert on the doctoral committee.

Dissertation:  “The Banking Panic of 1926.”
Florida State University

Master of Arts, 1986, International Affairs.
Florida State University

Juris Doctor, 1976, College of Law.
Florida State University

Bachelor of Science, 1971, Criminology.
Florida State University

Books:

Panic in Paradise:  Florida’s Banking Crash of 1926 (University of Alabama Press, 1994), hardcover.

Panic in Paradise:  Florida’s Banking Crash of 1926 (University of Alabama Press, 2007), quality paper.

Panic in the Loop:  Chicago’s Banking Crisis of 1932 (Lexington Books, 2011), cloth.

Panic in the Loop:  Chicago’s Banking Crisis of 1932 (Lexington Books, 2011), electronic.

Professional:

Attorney whose practice has included the representation of more than a hundred financial institutions, as well as the representation of numerous maritime and other entities. 1979 to present.

Director, member of the board of managers, and owner of maritime companies. 1983 to present.

Government Appointments:

Assistant Comptroller of Florida, 1975-1979, which was the chief of staff of the Department of Banking and Finance, and the top appointed banking and securities regulator for the state of Florida.

Legislative Assistant to Florida State Senator Gerald A. Lewis, and Florida State Representative Harold J. Dyer, 1972-1974.

Administrative Assistant to Chief Justice George F. Boney, Alaska Supreme Court, 1970, 1971.

Academic and Charitable:

Adjunct Professor, Economic and Business History
Department of History
Florida State University (1990s)

Arthur W. Thompson Award by the Florida Historical Society for “Addison Mizner:  Promoter in Paradise” as the “most outstanding article” appearing in the Florida Historical Quarterly during 1996-1997.

Referee, Essays in Economic and Business History:  The Journal of the Economic and Business Historical Society.

Reviewer, Business Library Review: An International Journal, Gordon and Breach Publishers, published in the Netherlands; and the Florida Historical Quarterly.

Vice President of the Siona-Secoya Foundation, 1995 to present.  An organization dedicated to the preservation of the tropical forest culture of the Siona and Secoya Indians of northeastern Ecuador and the northwestern reaches of the Amazon Basin.

Owner of Sentry Press, Tallahassee, Florida, a press dedicated to publishing academic and scholarly books, 1995 to present.

Law School Scholarship, Chief Justice of Alaska Supreme Court George F. Boney Scholarship Foundation, Inc., 1973-1974.

Partial List of Articles and Papers:

“Sleazy Banking in the ‘20s and Today,” Wall Street Journal, May 23, 1989.

“Addison Mizner:  Promoter in Paradise,” Florida Historical Quarterly, Vol. 75, Issue 4 (Spring 1997), 381-407.

“Open the Vault:  The Urgent Need to Abolish Bank Secrecy,” Business Library Review, An International Journal, February 1996, 1-7.

“Bank Secrecy Should Be Ended:  This Would Make the Financial System Safer,” The Long View, A Journal of Informed Opinion, Massachusetts School of Law, Vol. 6, 2004.

Review of The Florida Land Boom:  Speculation, Money, and the Banks by William Frazer and John J. Guthrie, Jr., Florida Historical Quarterly, Vol. 75, No. 2 (Fall, 1996), 202-204.

“Promoters in Paradise,” Economic and Business Historical Society, annual meeting, Boulder, Colorado, 1995.

 “Greed and Secrecy,” Keynote Speaker, Connecticut Bar Association, annual meeting, Hartford, Connecticut, 1995.

“The Banking Crash of ’26 and Its Impact on Tampa Bay,” Florida Historical Society annual conference, May, 1990.

“Opening the Secrets of Banking,” Florida College Teachers of History Association, annual conference, 1990.

Partial List of Reviews of Panic in Paradise:

The Business Library Review, An International Journal, (February, 1996), 7-11, reviewed by David O. Whitten, Auburn University.

The American Historical Review, Vol. 101, No. 2. (April, 1996), 585-586, reviewed by Lynne Pierson Doti, Chapman University.

The Journal of Economic History, Vol. 55, No.2. (June, 1995), 444-445, reviewed by David C. Wheelock, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

The Journal of American History, Vol. 82, No. 3 (December, 1995), 1263-1264, reviewed by Steven Horwitz, St. Lawrence University.

Journal of Southern History, Vol. 62, No. 1 (Fall 1996), 177, reviewed by Carole E. Scott, West Georgia College.

Choice, Current Reviews of Academic Books, Vol. 32, No. 5 (January, 1995), p. 840, reviewed by S. L. Engerman, University of Rochester.

“Calmly Reinterpreting the 1926 Panic,” Tallahassee Democrat, reviewed by William Warren Rogers, professor emeritus of history at Florida State University, April 21, 1996.

Non-Fiction Books, Florida Times-Union, reviewed by Simon Barker-Benfield, November 6, 1994.

Partial List of Articles about Panic in Paradise and the Banking Panic of 1926

“Crusading Historian Vickers is still Battling his Detractors,” Sarasota Herald Tribune, February 10, 2008.

“POINT COUNTER POINT: Critics, Supporters Debate Merits of Panic in Paradise,” Harold Bubil, Sarasota Herald Tribune, February 10, 2008.

“Putting the ‘Hiss’ in History: Historians Took Off Gloves in Debating Vickers’ Book,” Harold Bubil, Sarasota Herald Tribune, February 10, 2008.

“Historian Sees Parallel Between ‘20s Crash and Current Market,” Harold Bubil, Sarasota Herald Tribune, January 27, 2008.

“Historians Fight it out on the Battleground of Ideas,” Sarasota Herald Tribune, February 10, 2008.

“VEIL OF SECRECY: Historian says the Secrecy of Bank Examination Reports has Enabled Repeated Financial Crises,” by Harold Bubil, Sarasota Herald Tribune, February 3, 2008.

“Q&A:  Raymond Vickers on Bank-Examination Reports,” Sarasota Herald Tribune, February 3, 2008.

“Bankers and the Boom, Mizner the Architect: Villain or Visionary?” by Harold Bubil, Sarasota Herald Tribune, January 27, 2008.

“Secret Bank Records Shine Light on 1920s Boom and Bust,” Sarasota Herald Tribune, January 27, 2008.

“History Lessons,” Sarasota Herald Tribune, February 2, 2008.

“Sarasota Came of Age in the 1920s Florida Land Boom,” by Harold Bubil, Sarasota Herald Tribune, February 3, 2008.

“Causes of the Boom,” Sarasota Herald Tribune, January 27, 2008.

“Causes of the Bust,” Sarasota Herald Tribune, January 27, 2008.

 “Closing Door on One Scandal, Reopening Another:  Bank Fraud Caused ’26 Land Bust,” by Jack Wheat, Miami Herald, April 23, 1995.

“A Night of Literary Feasts,” presented by the Jacksonville Public Libraries Foundation, Inc., November 12, 1994.

“Tampa Lawyer Helped to Defeat Comptroller,” Leland Hawes, Tampa Tribune, December 16, 1990.

“Decades Find Little Change in Failing Banks,” Tampa Tribune, Leland Hawes, December 9, 1990.

 “End Banking Secrecy, Lawyer-Professor Urges,” Tampa Tribune, December 9, 1990.

“Opening the Secret Vault,” Tallahassee Democrat, June 27, 1989.

Law Keeps Public in Dark about Banks’ Well-Being,” James Greiff, St. Petersburg Times, May 29, 1989.