Bill died very quickly Feb. 13, 2012, apparently from ventricular fibrillation.
Bill entered Princeton from Norfolk Academy and following in the footsteps of his brother, John ’72. Freshman year he lived in Dod Hall with Max Gomez and Dave Jahnig. After playing freshman football he played baseball as a pitcher for four years. A fierce competitor, batters truly had to earn their hits off of Bill. An active member of Tiger Inn, Bill was club president and lived there senior year. He received his bachelor’s degree in economics.
After graduation, Bill lived in Annapolis, Md., where he worked for IBM in systems engineering/sales and for Sirius Information Systems. He enjoyed daily exercising, golfing, stamp collecting, and attending family sporting events.
His real love was his wife, Jeanne; his daughters, Erin and Kelly; and recently his grandchildren, Connor and Shelby. In addition to them, Bill is survived by John, who will miss him dearly, and his father, Capt. John O. “Bo” Coppedge Sr., former athletic director of the U.S. Naval Academy.