He came to Princeton from Calvin Coolidge High School in Washington, D.C., where he was salutatorian of his class and played football and basketball.
At Princeton he played football and lacrosse and was a pre-medical student majoring in chemical engineering. Bill was a member of Elm Club, the IAA board, and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He roomed with Herb Carr and Gale Kelly.
After graduation he earned a medical degree from Johns Hopkins, was chief resident in internal medicine at Vanderbilt, and studied nephrology at Cornell Medical College. Bill joined the Army, practicing nephrology, serving in Texas and then in Vietnam. Then he joined the faculty in the Department of Medicine at Vanderbilt, eventually becoming a full professor in 1980 and teaching for more than 50 years. At Vanderbilt Bill was beloved for his outstanding clinical leadership and commitment to training medical students, residents, and nephrology fellows.
Bill is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Roberson Stone; his children, Kathryn Stone Rohrman and her husband, Justin, Brian David Stone, and Lauren Stone Hollingsworth and her husband, Mark; four grandchildren; and five nephews. The class extends its deepest sympathy to them all.