Bill, who was Mr. Everything in the Class of 1943, died of multiple causes Feb. 28, 2007, at Stonebridge, a senior living community in Montgomery Township, N.J. He was 86.
Bill served as class president from 1993 to 1998, class agent from 1998 to 2003, and planned giving chairman from 1991 to 2004. He was a longtime Annual Giving volunteer who helped the class top 80 percent in AG participation.
Born in Paris, he lived in Princeton most of his life. He was a Marine aviator in World War II, flying a bomber in the Pacific theater and winning the Distinguished Flying Cross with two clusters. He prepped at Exeter and graduated from Princeton after the war. He co-captained the freshman hockey team, was on the varsity championship hockey and varsity soccer teams, and served as vice president of Cottage Club. He graduated from New York Law School and practiced corporate law in New York City and Greenwich, Conn.
Bill was an avid golfer. An art major in college, he frequented numerous museums to study paintings and art history. He was married in 1945 to Ward Chamberlin’s sister, Martha, who died in 1988. They raised five children, Martha, Isabel, Alexander, William, Jr., and Ward, and have two grandsons. Bill’s twin brother, James R. ’43, died in 1972.