Arthur Woods Wang ’40

Arthur Woods Wang ’40 died on October 14, 2005, in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

Born on October 7, 1918, in Port Chester, NY, he prepared for college at Chester High School and became a member of Theta Delta Chi Fraternity at Bowdoin. Following his graduation in 1940, he spent two years doing research with McCann-Erickson. He also spent two years doing graduate work in American history at Columbia University. He was an editor with Garden City Publishing Company in New York in 1942-43, was an editor with Alfred A. Knopf in 1943, and was an editor with T.Y. Crowell in New York from 1943 to 1947. After five years as an editor with Cadmus Books, followed by four years as an editor with A.A. Wyn, Inc., he and Lawrence Hill founded Hill & Wang, with Mr. Wang as editor and Mr. Hill as sales manager. In 1959, he bought Elie Wiesel’s memoir, Night, which had been turned down by more than a dozen publishers. At first, sales were slow, but the book went on to sell millions of copies. In 1971, the firm Hill & Wang was sold to Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, but Mr. Wang remained active in the company as a vice president until 1998. For some years he was a member of the board of directors of the American Book Publishing Council. Surviving are his wife, Mary Ellen Mackay Wang, whom he married in 1955; a son, Michael A. Wang ’84 of Newton Centre, MA; and two granddaughters.