William W. Hale Jr. ’56

William W. Hale Jr. ’56 died on February 26, 1982, in Boston, Massachusetts. 

(The following was published in The Bowdoin Alumnus, Spring 1982:)

William W. Hale Jr. ’56 died unexpectedly on February 26, 1982, in Boston, Mass. Born on June 8, 1934, in the Maine town of Easton, he prepared for college at Stearns High School in Millinocket, Maine, and following his graduation from Bowdoin served in the Army’s Counterintelligence branch in Berlin, Germany, for two years, attaining the rank of first lieutenant. He entered Boston University School of Law in 1958 and received a doctor of jurisprudence degree cum laude in 1961. He was an associate in the New York firm of Bree, Abbot & Morgan until 1969, when he became a partner in the Boston firm of Casplar & Bok. During 1976-77 he was on sabbatical leave to act as special counsel to the attorney general of Botswana in Africa.

Mr. Hale was a member of the International Business Center, a trustee of the Park Street Church in Boston, and a member of the executive board of the Evangelical Assn. of New England. A former member the Wellesley (Mass.) Tow Meeting and that city’s permanent building committee, he was Special Gifts Chairman for the Boston Area in Bowdoin’s 175th Anniversary Campaign from 1973-1975. He was a member of the New York Bar Assn., the Massachusetts, Bar Assn., and the Boston Committee on Foreign Relations and was secretary of the Berg & Co. Inc., beginning in 1970. He is survived by his wife, Joan McLean Hale, whom he married on Sept. 15, 1962, in Millinocket; two sons, William W. Halle III and James A. Hale, both of Wellesley; two brothers, Richard Hale of East Millinocket and Alan Hale of Houlton, Maine; and three sisters, Dr. Nita Barbour of Catonsville, Md., Mrs. Marian Fowler of Millinocket, and Mrs. Barbara Powers of Auburn, Maine. His fraternity was Alpha Delta Phi.

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