Preparing Boys for Life

William E. Wilson '72

(Bill wrote his own obituary and submitted it to the Princeton Class of 1976 as he entered hospice on November 15, 2020. Here it is below, at his request in his own words.)

Bill Wilson, retired management consultant and corporate executive, died December 6, 2020 at the age of 66 after a two year-long tussle with rectal cancer which had metastasized in his liver.

Bill graduated from Princeton with a Basic Engineering degree and from New York University with an MBA in Corporate Finance and International Economics.  After graduating, Bill served as Treasurer of the Class of ’76 for twenty years between our 5th and 25th Reunions.

His professional career began in NYC with Bankers Trust and TIAA-CREF before spending a decade with (then) Coopers & Lybrand as a management consultant.  Leaving C&L, he and two partners started a new consulting firm in NYC, merged with a West Coast firm, and grew to about 40 partners and around 150 consultants.  Bill specialized in corporate process reengineering working with some of the largest corporations around the world.  He ended his professional consulting career by taking in-house corporate executive positions with GMAC in NY/NJ and a real estate company owned by GMAC in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Bill was an avid tennis player and competed in USTA league tennis as well as local tournaments in both men’s and mixed doubles.  He also continued a life-long passion for undertaking “projects” around the house including re-building an entire backyard porch, patio, and hot tub venue.

He is survived by the love of his life, Kim Camp who, after 14 years he married in early 2020, his brothers, Court and Bart, his sister, Julie, and his sons, Tyler and Christo (with wife, Sandi, and two granddaughters).  His love and regards go out to his friends from tennis and to the entire Portsmouth Lane gang – easily the finest group of neighbors Bill and Kim have ever had the privilege to get to know.  Bill also sends his best to the Princeton “Bill Wilson Retribution Committee (you know who you are)” and wants all of them to know that he has shared that story with most of the people he has ever known.  Thank you all. - Bill


Bill will be remembered at two services scheduled on the Princeton campus next year, the virtual Princeton Alumni Day Service of Remembrance planned for February 20, 2021, as well as at our Forty-Fifth Reunion Class Memorial service planned for May 22, 2021.

The Princeton Class of 1976 will always hold, in honor and affection, the name of William England Wilson.