April 27, 2016

Museum of the American Revolution Names Two New Board Members

Philadelphia, PA, April 27, 2016— At its April 13 meeting, the Board of Directors of the Museum of the American Revolution elected two new members: David C. Darnell and Morris W. Offit.

“David and Morris are both highly respected leaders in their industries, with long and distinguished careers,” said Museum Chairman H.F. (Gerry) Lenfest. “They have a genuine passion for preserving history, and continue to demonstrate their strong personal and professional commitment to our mission. We are delighted by the experience and expertise these new board members will bring to the table.”

David C. Darnell, Former Vice Chairman, Bank of America

David C. Darnell recently served as vice chairman of Bank of America. In this position, he was responsible for the bank’s Global Wealth and Investment Management division, which includes Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and U.S. Trust, and was a member of the Bank’s executive management team.

Mr. Darnell joined Bank of America in 1979 as a credit analyst, and steadily progressed to the top level of management. He currently serves on the board of directors of Watsco, Inc. and Queens University of Charlotte, and serves on the national board of the Museum of Science and Industry. His family roots in Charlotte, N.C., can be traced back to the Revolution.

Morris W. Offit, Chairman, Offit Capital

Morris W. Offit is chairman of Offit Capital, a wealth management advisory firm. Previously, he was Founder and CEO of OFFITBANK, a wealth management private bank, which merged into Wachovia Bank/Wells Fargo in 1999. 

Mr. Offit began his career in 1960 at Mercantile Safe Deposit and Trust Company in Baltimore in investment research.  He joined Salomon Brothers in 1969 and for 10 years was a General Partner, establishing the Stock Research Department with subsequent responsibility for fixed income and equity sales. 

Primary affiliations in the non-profit sector include:  Johns Hopkins University (Former Chairman), Jewish Museum (Former Chairman), UJA-Federation of New York (Former Chairman and President), and WNET (Trustee).  Mr. Offit recently retired as a Director of the AIG Board (Chairman of Finance and Risk Management Committee). He is an avid collector of antique American flags.

About the Museum of the American Revolution

The Museum of the American Revolution, under construction now in Philadelphia, with an opening date of spring 2017, will explore the complete story of the American Revolution using its distinguished collection of objects, artifacts, artwork, and manuscripts. Located just steps away from Independence Hall, Carpenter’s Hall, Franklin Court, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the Revolution, the Museum will serve as a portal to the region’s many Revolutionary sites, sparking interest, providing context and encouraging exploration. Permanent and special exhibition galleries, theaters, and large-scale tableaux will bring to life the original “greatest generation,” and engage people in the history and continuing relevance of the American Revolution.  The Museum is a private, non-profit organization. For more information, visit www.AmRevMuseum.org or call toll free, 877-740-1776.