Cary's Bio: a Long-Winded Resume

Cary Raditz earned a BA in English in 1968 at UNC Chapel Hill where he co-founded The Other Ear Art Gallery during his senior year. A year later he traveled to Europe and opened a sandal shop in a cave in the seaside village of Matala, Crete, where he cooked in a Greek taverna, and traveled overland to winter in Kabul before returning to Greece. 

In early 1970, Joni Mitchell arrived in Matala. They met and lived together in his Minoan cave on the cliffs above the harbor. For his twenty-fourth birthday present, she wrote him the song “Carey.” Later in the summer of 1970, he briefly stayed with her in her place in Laurel Canyon. Moving to England, he accompanied Joni to her concert at the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival. Afterward, he picked hops as a migrant worker in Kent before joining Joni and James Taylor for performance dates in London and the US. This three-year history brackets the memoir: Carey: Genesis of the Song

Later in the early 1970s, Cary began traveling in Southeast Asia, collecting Buddhist antiques from the Himalayan watershed, and living among Tibetans in the Tibetan pilgrimage town of Bodhnath in the Kathmandu valley. When he returned to California in 1972, he worked as a carpenter in Marin County and took a security job at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire.

On his twenty-eighth birthday in 1974, he began serving two tours in Peace Corps Africa–two years in Mauritania and a year in Dakar, Senegal. Peace Corps was followed by residence in Paris, and graduate school at The American University in Washington DC, where he earned an MA in Development Banking. In the early 1980s, Chemical Bank hired Cary as an international banking officer in the Middle East Africa Division in its 277 Park Avenue headquarters. For five years he lived in 21 East 21st Street, with a periodic co-resident, singer-songwriter, Eric Andersen. 

In 1987, Cary took a leave of absence from his job at Chemical to manage a microfinance project in Senegal as a Chief Financial Officer and took up residence in Rue des Dongeons on the Isle de Goree in the Bay of Dakar. After he met Ann Claxton, an American consultant to nonprofit aid organizations, they became engaged in Dakar in 1988, Cary never returned to live and work in New York. Ann and Cary wed in 1989 in Bethesda, Maryland, and bought a house in Silver Spring.

Vanessa, their first child, was born on their first wedding anniversary in May 1990. When their son, Wilson, was born two years later, the family moved to Bamenda, Cameroon, where Cary served on a consulting team privatizing the arabica coffee market in the Northwest Province of Cameroon. In the late ’90s, Cary earned his CFA distinction (Chartered Financial Analyst), founded the Specialty Finance practice at KPMG’s Barents Group, and consulted to banks, central banks, and aid organizations in frontier economies. In the early 2000s, Cary co-founded CFA Society East Africa in Nairobi, Kenya, with other CFA Charterholders, which became the first regional CFA Society in the world.

Cary and Ann have three grown children and live beside a regional forest in Silver Spring, Maryland—where he hikes, forages mushrooms, cooks, studies poetry and writes, spending a month or more yearly in silent retreats at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. Currently, he is drafting the second volume collection of memoir adventures–Dancing in the Street of Dungeons-retelling tales of perilous travels in Africa, Asia, and in the New York’s banking sector in the 1980’s.