John J. McCloy’s house at 313 Stanwich Road has been listed for sale today at $6.495 million, not a totally crazy price for an old 1928 rambler on 3 acres; the town pegs its assessment at $5.346 and as these things go, that’s pretty close. Too bad they sold off some lots in back, as that land has been cleared and now sits, bare and unattractive (like so many of us, I fear). But what intrigues me is, what else, the Walter Noel connection. In a letter of recommendation on behalf of Walt to the Round Hill Club John J. described his wife Laura and himself as “the Noels closest friends for thirty years” yet, in an interview with the Times earlier this year, McCloy denied having ever invested anything with his closest friend. Is that so? Did he really refuse his friend’s entreaties or did he send a few too many millions down to Two Sound View Drive? Mr. McCloy certainly won’t tell us, but I wonder if his name appears as a plaintiff in any of the civil suits now wrapped around Walter’s head?
UPDATE: You know, all teasing speculation aside, Mr. McCloy’s father was a remarkable man of astonishing achievement – rebuilt Germany after WWII, among other part-time activities. Came up from a poor background to end up serving every president from Truman to Regan. His obituary from 1989 is here.
UPDATE: Map view here. Notice the waste pits behind the property.