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William Cline Obituary
William Z. Cline, 96, a resident of Evanston since 1967, died peacefully on December 5. He was born in Harrisonburg, VA on November 16, 1917 and graduated from Bridgewater (VA) College. He enrolled in Bethany Seminary, but left in 1947 to help establish the Christian Rural Overseas Program (CROP) under the auspices of Church World Service. In 1952, he married Elizabeth (Betsy) Schneider, a nurse he met while visiting a friend in Ann Arbor MI. That same year, he was one of 6 founding members of the American Friends of the Middle East, a peace group in New York City. He went on to work for the Near East Foundation and the Gallery of Modern Art before moving to Chicago to direct the first major capital campaign for the Chicago Symphony. From 1973 to 1984, he worked in the development office of Northwestern University, receiving the Grand Award of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education in 1980. After leaving NU, he established the Trust Annuity and Bequest Program at the American Bar Foundation. He was a long-time member of the 1st Presbyterian Church of Evanston, where he served as a deacon. In addition to his wife of 61 years, he is survived by a son Tom (Jennifer) of Evanston, his granddaughters Lauren and Emily, a sister, Doris Egge of Roanoke VA and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held in the Elliott Chapel of Presbyterian Homes of Evanston at 3:00 pm on Saturday, December 28. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to Church World Service, Heifer International, or a .
Published in Chicago Tribune from Dec. 24 to Dec. 26, 2013
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