Bill came to Princeton from Louisville Country Day School. At Princeton he was a Keyceptor and Orange Key rep. He dined at Cottage and roomed at the club his senior year with Doug Bradshaw, Jay Howson, and Ed Kostelnik.
Bill might have described himself as, as it were, “born and raised in Brown-Forman.” His father became president, and Bill began his lifelong career there as an intern in 1956. He wrote his thesis on “Public Policy and the Whisky Industry.” After an interlude to earn an MBA at Harvard in 1963, he returned to his Louisville roots. He rose in time to become CEO of Brown-Forman Beverages Worldwide, responsible for B-F’s global beverage business, which he had been instrumental in developing. He retired from the company in 2003. Along the way, Bill accumulated a full portfolio of civic, charitable, and spirits-industry responsibilities and recognition, about all of which he was determinedly modest.
He is survived by his wife, Lindy; his daughter, Anne; five stepchildren; their spouses; and 11 grandchildren. The class sends condolences to them all.