Will's maternal grandfather, financier George Allen, was chairman of Duke University's board of trustees but, fortunately for us, Will chose Princeton. He died of leukemia June 9, 2006, in Cincinnati.
Born in New York City, he attended the Buckley School before entering Woodberry Forest. At Princeton, he was advertising manager of The Tiger, and after obtaining ads from the Stork Club and La Rue, he enjoyed taking his dates to these Manhattan nightspots. Will belonged to the Republican Club and took his meals at Colonial. In 1956, after serving as a lieutenant in the field artillery, he joined Procter & Gamble.
In 1964, Will purchased Bissinger's Candy Co., a high-end confectioner in Cincinnati, which he operated until his retirement. His four-year roommate Charles Barham said: "Will was kind, considerate, and very loyal to his friends. He was an incredibly loving father to his sons, Will R. III '82 and A. Dandridge, and his six grandchildren."
Will also is survived by his wife of 18 years, the former Mary Beth Schwing, and first cousins, J. Winston Fowlkes III '55 and George A. Fowlkes '57. We appreciate Barham, Pierce Lonergan, and Harry Walker representing '53 at his funeral. Our sincere sympathy to Will's family.