William Willis (Bill) Berry passed away on April 4, 2012. He was 79.
Bill was one of the great friends and leaders of Union Presbyterian Seminary, loyally serving the school for nearly three decades. He served on the seminary's Board of Trustees from 1982 until 1997 and was chair of the board's business and finance committee (and thus served on the board's executive committee) during most of that time. He also served on the board's investment subcommittee from the mid-1980's until his death.
During and after his board tenure, Bill served on the executive committees for three seminary capital campaigns, one of which is in progress. Both past campaigns which he helped lead successfully exceeded their goals. Bill and his wife, Betsy, were also generousin their personal gifts to the school.
Brian Blount, president of Union Presbyterian Seminary, commented, "Bill Berry was a very special servant leader, serving the seminary, his church, and many other organizations faithfully and effectively. The seminary will miss his calm and strong guidance, and his wise counsel. Our thoughts and prayers are with Betsy and the rest of the family in this sad time."