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William Fiske Wright ’32

Published in Dec. 17, 2003, issue

William F. Wright, 93, a retired advertising executive and world-class golfer, died Sept. 15, 2003, at his home in Wayzata, Minn.

After graduation from the Hill School and Princeton, Bill began his advertising career in Philadelphia with the F. Wallis Armstrong Agency.

His next job was with J. Walter Thompson Co., where he began a 28-year career. He was account representative on the Champion Spark Plug, Shell Oil, and Ford Motor accounts. He retired as a vice president and director in 1963.

Bill successfully combined advertising and golf. He played on the Hill and Princeton teams. He joined Pine Valley Golf Club in 1958, became a trustee in 1963, and honorary lifetime member in 1998.

At the time of his death he was a member of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, St. Andrew's, Scotland; Honorable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, Muirfield, Scotland; Rye Golf Club in England; Woodhill Country Club, Wayzata; and the Everglades Club, Palm Beach, Fla.

Bill was predeceased by his first wife, Margaret O'Brien, and his sons, William and Denis. He is survived by his wife, Rosita Hawley Wright; and her children MacDonald Hawley, James Hawley, Lisa Hawley, and Lane Hawley Cole; his children, daughter Susan Burden, and son Peter Wright; and four grandchildren, to all of whom the class sends condolences.

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