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William Cary Matthews ’42

Published in Oct. 9, 1991, issue

BILL DIED Jan. 29, 1991, at his home in San Francisco while napping after a busy day. Bill had suffered from a number of medical complications in recent years, but as his wife, Joan, said, he was at peace with the world and himself when he died.

At the time of his death, Bill was retired from a long and successful career in advertising and executive recruitment. He was very active, however, right to the very end with the great love of his later years, the Bohemian Club. He was one of the few non-Californians to be elected to the presidency of this interntationally known organization. Bill was held in the highest regard by his clubmates and served with distinction as its president for two years.

Bill came to Princeton from Lawrenceville, was a member of Charter Club, and was very involved in extracurricular activities as an undergraduate. After graduation, he spent four and a half years in the Navy, serving on destroyers, reaching the rank of lieutenant commander. After the war he joined the advertising firm of Foote, Cone and Belding in New York. He also served as president of Abbott Kimball Co. He later re-joined Foote, Cone, moving to San Francisco, where he became senior V.P. and general manager and a director of the San Francisco office. Following his retirement from Foote, Cone he worked with Ward Howell Associates, a leading executive search firm, for several years. Bill also served as a trustee of Lawrenceville School.

To Joan, his brother Richard '46, and his children Peter'81, WilliamJr., Kim, and Cary, the Class estends its most sincere sympathies for their loss.

The Class of 1942

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