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William A. King

Wednesday, September 03, 2014
Hanover, N.H. — William A. King (Bill) died Thursday, Aug. 28, 18 days short of his 83rd birthday.

Bill was born in New York City. He graduated from Dartmouth College, cum laude, in 1953 and from Harvard Law School in 1956. He practiced corporate and business law - with the Boston firm of Haussermann, Davidson and Shattuck – and was a partner at Peabody, Brown, Rowley and Storey (now Peabody Nixon). He enjoyed mentoring the new associates.

In 1988, Bill became Vice Chairman of Heritage Travel. Thomas Cook Travel entered into a general partnership with Crimson Travel and Heritage Travel and Bill became Vice President and General Counsel to Thomas Cook Travel USA.

Bill was President and Executive Director of New England Forestry Foundation. Its Education Center was dedicated to him. In 2001, he was instrumental in negotiating with the Pingree family a conservation easement on 760,000 acres of land in Maine; the largest conservation easement in U.S. history.

In 1999, he became one of two founding directors of the New Horizons Project, bringing young Russian graduate students to the U.S. to better understand entrepreneurship, management, ethics and volunteering. He loved travelling to Russia in all seasons and meeting the students in some of the less well known cities.

While at Dartmouth, Bill especially enjoyed his times with the Dartmouth Outing Club where he continued to be a member. He served on the Council and was President of the Appalachian Mountain Club of which he was a Life Member. He was instrumental in preventing an Interstate Highway from being built through Franconia Notch in the early 1970’s and was also active in protecting Crawford Notch from development.

In 1970, Bill and his family moved to Lincoln, Mass. where they lived for 38 years. Bill served on the Lincoln-Sudbury Regional School Committee. Continuing his interest in conservation, he was a member of the Lincoln Land Conservation Trust and the Rural Land Foundation of Lincoln. He was a member of the First Parish in Lincoln. In the warmer weather he could be found in his big vegetable garden and pruning the raspberries. He was an avid birder since childhood and often identified the birds by their songs.

In 1978, the family bought a town house in the Village of Loon Mountain, N.H. Bill was on the Board of the Loon Village Homeowners Association. Bill loved New Hampshire and spent so many good times with family - skiing, hiking and relaxing at Loon.

Together the family shared wonderful trips around the U.S., Europe, the Middle East and Australia. One memorable trip was to Zermatt when we skied down into Italy for lunch. Bill and Liz enjoyed many trips together to many parts of the world, often hiking and skiing.

In 2008, Bill and Liz moved to Kendal, a Continuing Care Retirement Community in Hanover, NH. Bill served on its Council, was on the Events Committee and the Gifts and Bequests Committee. He enjoyed the cultural events in the Upper Valley, the sports at Dartmouth and the Osher at Dartmouth classes. And he especially enjoyed Kendal’s Shakespeare Group. The move to Hanover was like “coming home” for Bill. Last year he and Liz celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Bill’s family includes Liz; Cynthia, Lon, Lyle and Eleanor of Concord, N.H.; Brooks, Alice, Adrian, and Amelia of Wayland, Mass.; Ginger, Jay, Brady and Callie of New Paltz, N.Y. Also, Carol Commette of Mantoloking, N.J.; David Fitzpatrick of Sun City West, Ariz.; and several cousins; and his dog, Gus.

Bill coped very well for a number of years with neuropathy. He died from complications of a stroke.

The family thanks everyone who has been so kind and helpful at Kendal, especially the Staff in the Health Center and Clinic, the Activities Staff and the Therapy Staff.

To view an online memorial and/or send a message of condolence to the family, please visit,

Bill’s ashes will be spread on the top of Mt. Moosilauke by his family. They will celebrate his life in a family gathering.

Donations in Bill’s memory may be made to the Dartmouth College Fund, 6066 Development Office, Hanover, NH 03755.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Rand-Wilson Funeral Home of Hanover.

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