Deceased August 6, 2021

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In Memory

Bill came to the College from Brooklyn and Abraham Lincoln High School. As an undergraduate, he was a history major, worked on the Student and was a member of Kappa Theta fraternity. Bill enjoyed the stimulating educational experience. He thought the 750-word papers we wrote in the American studies course were particularly helpful during his professional career in law and municipal government. John Hammond ’55 remembers Bill as “an exceptionally nice person.”

Bill was one of the few of our class who were drafted into the U.S. Navy. He spent most of his tour on a heavy cruiser stationed in the Mediterranean in France and had fond memories of his travels there. After his stint in the military, Bill graduated from NYU School of Law before starting an insurance brokerage business with a friend in 1963. This led him into practicing law on his own, where he found his calling. Bill became chief of law and appeals for Nassau County, N.Y., which he loved. During this time, he acted as a mentor to many starting lawyers. Working for the government afforded Bill the opportunity to retire early and spend 20-plus years traveling the world.

In 1963, Bill married Joyce Levine. Four years later, they moved into a beachfront condominium in Long Beach on Long Island, where he resided until he died on Aug. 6, 2021. He loved that location, just sitting on the balcony and gazing at the beach below with Long Island Sound in the distance. Joyce died in 2014. They had a son, John, who drove Bill to our 60th reunion in 2015—a class first, because Bill really looked forward to those reunions, attending our 35th through 60th gatherings. We always enjoyed seeing Bill and Joyce there.

Rob Sowersby ’55