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William C. Fitts ’27

Published in Apr. 21, 1993, issue

WILLIAM C. "BILL" FITTS died Feb. 21, 1993, at St. Raphael Hospital, New Haven, Conn., after a brief illness. Bill was born in 1905 in Mobile, Fla., and came to us from the Collegiate School. At Princeton, he was a member of the freshman basketball team, Intercollegiate Debating Society, speakers' council, Whig Executive Committee, and Cannon Club. He roomed all four years with Johnny Gartner.

He graduated from Yale Law School in 1929 and married Elinor Hyde in 1930. From 1934 to 1945, he served the T.V.A. as general counsel, living in Knoxville. In one of the court cases he tried, the opposing counsel was classmate Joe Johnston. In 1945, he moved to Mamaroneck, N.Y., and was a partner in the law firm of Fly, Fitts and Shuebruck in N.Y.C. From 1950 to 1969, he served as a V.P. of CBS for labor and employee relations. From 1969 to 1975, he managed labor relations for Allied Maintenance Corp. and served various local school districts as a labor consultant. He lived the last three years of his life at Apt. 200, 201 Granite Rd., Guilford, CT 06437.

A widower, he is survived by three sons: William, Holland, and Robert; three daughters, Harriet Szanto, Miriam Benson, and Marjorie Germain; 20 grandchildren (the Class record); and two greatgrandchildren. Four of his children were twins. One grandchild graduated from Princeton in 1987. To his survivors, the Class extends its sympathy in the loss of one of its more distinguished members.

The Class of 1927

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