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William Feather Jr. ’38

Published in Oct. 9, 1996, issue

Classmates will be saddened to hear of the death of William Feather Jr. on May 1, 1996, after a long illness. Bill came to Princeton from University School in Cleveland and the Hun School. He was in Tiger Inn and the Triangle Club. He roomed in Blair Tower with Bob Burke, Jack Bissell, and Jim Simpson.

After graduation he was a reporter for the Cleveland News for two years before joining his father's company, William Feather Printers. During WWII, he saw action as commanding officer of a Landing Ship Tank in the Philippines' invasion at Leyte Gulf and at Mindoro.

Returning to Cleveland, he oversaw the growth of the William Feather Co. through the years as president until it was the largest printing company between New York and Chicago. Shortly after the death of Bill's father in 1981, the company faced severe union demands, creating a five-year battle, which Bill won by moving his company to Oberlin, Ohio.

Bill retired in 1991, dividing his time between Mantoloking, N.J., and Gulf Stream, Fla. He was known for his keen observation of the political scene, his sense of humor, and his love of his family. He is survived by his wife, Margaret; daughters Megan, Deborah, Sara, and Tyler; son William; stepchildren Owen, Webster, and Penelope; and 21 grandchildren. To them the class extends its sympathy.

The Class of 1938

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