Will Pilcher '51
Will Pilcher '51 on October 13, 2005, from complications following open-heart surgery. He was seventy-six and a resident of San Francisco, California.
At Kenyon, Will was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity and, during his senior year, the editor of the Kenyon Collegian. After graduation from Kenyon, he served two years in the U.S. Army and then went on to earn an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Will maintained close ties with Kenyon, serving as a career network volunteer, class agent, and chair of his twenty-fifth, fortieth, forty-fifth, and fiftieth reunion committees. He also served as president of the Cincinnati and Northern California regional associations, as a member of Alumni Council, and as an extern sponsor. In 2000-01, he was recognized with the D. Morgan Smith Award for his outstanding personal contributions to the Class of 1951 and to the Kenyon Fund.
Will began his career with Proctor and Gamble in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1963, he moved to San Francisco, where he worked for Levi Strauss International until his retirement.
He was instrumental in founding and developing the International Christian Chamber of Commerce. He served on several boards, including Stern Grove Festival, Alliance for Children Everywhere, Sonoma County Museum, and Lifechangers.
Survivors include his daughter, Lisa Young, and two grandchildren, Sarah and Jacob Young. Memorial contributions may be made to Alliance for Children Everywhere, P.O. Box 12250, Tucson, Arizona 85732; Stern Grove Festival, P.O. Box 44690, San Francisco, California 94144; Lifechangers, P.O. Box 3709, Cookeville, Tennessee 38502; or Sonoma County Museum, 425 Seventh Street, Santa Rosa, California 95401.
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