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William Anderton Chisolm ’45

Published in Jan. 27, 1999, issue

Bill "Chis" Chisolm died Apr. 24, 1998, in NYC after a brief illness. Bill prepared at Millbrook School. His Princeton career was interrupted in 1943 for service with the 44th Infantry Division as a reconnaissance sergeant in Northern France, the Rhineland, and central Europe. He received the Bronze Star and three Battle Stars.

Returning to Princeton, Bill became managing editor of the Daily Princetonian, president of Terrace Club, commodore of the Yacht Club, and chair of Orange Key, the Undergraduate Bicentennial Committee, the Interclub Committee, and the Princeton Campus Fund. Voted "best all around man outside athletics" in a senior poll, Bill received the Class of 1901 Medal at commencement in 1947, when he graduated with honors from the School of Public and Intl. Affairs.

He joined First Boston Corp., where he spent 33 years, becoming managing director in 1972 before taking early retirement in 1979. With the help of his late second wife, the former Frances Wyatt, Bill in 1990 began a courageous journey to sobriety and remained active in Alcoholics Anonymous programs until his death.

Bill is survived by children Allison Hansen '84, Page Chisolm Hughes '85, Elizabeth, and Richard, and by four grandchildren. Bill was survived very briefly by his brother Lawrence '50, who died five days after Bill. The class sends sympathy to all.

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