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William Otis Rockwood ’41

Published in Feb. 15, 2006, issue

We lost Rocky Oct. 23, 2005.

A native of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., he prepared at Hotchkiss. At Princeton, he majored in English and French. He played polo and golf, lettering in golf and becoming golf manager senior year. He was a member of Triangle and Cannon Club and participated in the Glee Club.

An ROTC graduate, Rocky served in Africa, Sicily, and France during World War II with the 60th Field Artillery, 9th Division. Awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart, he was honorably discharged as a major in 1946. Graduating from Columbia Law School in 1947, he joined the New York firm of O'Brien, Driscoll, Rafferty & Lawler. He established his own firm, Lawler & Rockwood, in 1951. In 1966, he moved his office to Briarcliff Manor, heading Rockwood, Edelstein & Duffy.

Rocky retired in 1981 and he and his wife, Pat, moved yearly between Mystic, Conn., and Florida until settling permanently in Delray Beach, Fla., in 1996. Rocky served on the board of Phelps Memorial Hospital and was a vestryman at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, among other activities.

Predeceased by Patricia White Rockwood, his wife of 59 years, he is survived by his son, William O. Rockwood Jr.; granddaughters Kathryn and Lindsay; and his daughter, Martha Hendrick.

The Class of 1941

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