William Francis McCarthy ’58 died on July 26, 2004, in New York, New York.
Born on July 20, 1936, in Medford, MA, he prepared for college at Melrose (MA) High School and became a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity at Bowdoin. Following his graduation in 1958, he did graduate work at Columbia University, where he was elected president of Alpha Kappa Psi, a professional business fraternity. He received a master of business administration degree in 1960 and then served in the U.S. Army, completing the officer orientation course at The Infantry School at Fort Benning, GA. He was associated with Diebold, Inc., in Canton, OH, before moving in 1964 to New York City, where he joined the American Express Company. He was also with Goodbody & Co. in New York before joining Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner, and Smith there, where he became a managing director. By 1999, he was an independent consultant for a number of corporations, advisory councils, and non-profit organizations, including Gay Men’s Health Crisis, where he served as a member of the Board of Directors for nine years, beginning in 1995. He became co-chair in 1999 and in 2001 became the chair, a position that he held until June 2003. He also served as a member of the New York State AIDS Advisory Council and was a board member of the New York Festival of Song. His life partner, Jonathan Burleson, survives him.