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Max Stähelin-Maeglin

Max Stähelin-Maeglin
Max Stähelin-Maeglin

Dr. Max Staehelin-Maeglin, 32, a lawyer, was born on 18 February 1880 in Basel, Switzerland. In 1907 he became director of the Swiss Trust Co. (Schweizer Treuhandgesell-schaft) founded by the Swiss Bankverein. He and his wife Martha lived at 24 Marschalken-strasse, Basel, Switzerland. He had to leave Switzerland for New York, because a company - Arnold B. Heine & Cie. - was in trouble and had to be subsidised. This firm had an office in New York and Dr. Staehelin wanted to visit it.

He boarded the Titanic as first class passenger at Southampton. He held ticket number 13214, price £30 10 s. It was provided by his agent: Kaiser & Cie., Basel for 770.95 Swiss francs. He occupied cabin B-50.

On sunday evening (April 14th) Max Staehelin-Maeglin, Maximilian Frölicher-Stehli and Alfons Simonius-Blumer sat in the first class smoke room and played cards until shortly after 11 pm. Around 11.30 pm they went to their staterooms. Just about to undress Max Staehelin felt a deep sounding roll, that began with a slight thrust. He asked a steward outside what has happened, but the reply was: nothing. He fully dressed and went upstairs. At 0.50 am he entered lifeboat 3 together with Alfons Simonius-Blumer. Later they rowed to keep warm. He was rescued by the Carpathia and brought to New York.

In New York he was awaited by Dr. Hans Winterfeldt. Together with Alfons Simonius- Blumer Staehelin he went to the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. They visited the Heine Co. and travelled back to Europe on 7 May 1912 on board the Victoria Luise.

In 1928 he became president of the Swiss Bankverein. He followed Léopold Dubois who followed Alfons Simonius. As president he served till 1944, when he became pesident of the Swiss multi CIBA. In 1956 he retired as president.

His wife Martha died in October 1955. Dr. Max Staehelin-Maeglin died on 3 August 1968. He was buried on 7 August in Friedhof am Hörnli, Basel, Switzerland (Abteilung 8, Sektion 1, Grab 38).

Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Dr Max Stähelin-Maeglin
Age: 32 years 1 month and 26 days (Male)
Nationality: Swiss
Last Residence: in Basel, Switzerland
Occupation: Lawyer
Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 13214, £30 10s
Cabin No. B50
Rescued (boat 3)  
Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
Died: Saturday 3rd August 1968 aged 88 years
Buried: Friedhof am Hörnli, Basel, Switzerland on Wednesday 7th August 1968

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References and Sources

Günter Bäbler (1998) Reise auf der Titanic. Chronos Zürich
Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279])
List or Manifest of Alien Passengers for the United States Immigration Officer At Port Of Arrival (Date: 18th-19th June 1912, Ship: Carpathia) - National Archives, NWCTB 85 T715 Vol 4183

Newspaper Articles

Le Journal de Genève (17 April 1912) Titanic passengers from Switzerland
On board the "Titanic" were a few people from Switzerland


Photograph of Titanic first class passenger Dr Max Staehelin
(1940) Max Stähelin in 1940
L'Illustré (1956) Max Stähelin-Maeglin in 1956
From 'L'Illustré, revue Hebdomadaire Suisse'
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  1. Hildur Panula-Heinonen

    Hildur Panula-Heinonen said:

    Here is a link to a photo (taken in 1912) of Dr. Max Staehelin-Maeglin and a biography written in German. Although i can only read some German, i will try and post a "read-through" of it soon.

  2. Arne Mjåland

    Arne Mjåland said:

    Basler Zeitung published the obituary about Max Staehlin August 5 1968. According to this, he became president of the Schweizerischen Bankverein. He was president 1928 - 1944 and vicepresident 1944 - 1959. His father was he important "Zwingli-Forchers" Professor Rudolf Staehlin -Stockmeyer. worked at the department for church department University at Basel. There was at least in 1968 and probably still a painting of Mr. Staehlin in Schweizerischen Bankveereins.

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