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Kloepfer Jr., William Born June 14, 1923; died January 5, 2013. Great-grandson of Dionys Kloepfer, who emigrated from Germany to Winnetka in 1840 and Nikolaus Wilhelm who came from Trier, Germany in 1850. Bill attended Glencoe Public Schools, New Trier (1941) and Northwestern University (1949). As a Master Sargeant in the U.S. Army during WWII, he served mostly in India. He began his career in Washington, D.C. as a reporter for the now defunct Times-Herald, leaving to work as assistant to the director of Public Relations for the Republican National Committee from 1952 to 1955. Bill went on to serve as executive assistant to Congressman Lawrence Curtis (R, Mass) in the 84th Congress, following which he served as Chief, Office of Congressional Liaison and Public Information of the Civil Aeronautics Board (predecessor of the FAA). During that time, he married his college sweetheart, Nancy Henninger (N.U. 1949), who died in February 2008. In 1959, he joined the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association as Vice President and Director of Public Information. In 1967, he became Senior Vice President of the Tobacco Institute, retiring in 1988. Perhaps as an antidote to the stress of his professional responsibilities, Bill was a dedicated horticulturist, specializing in the growing of orchids. He was also a potter - a hobby that led him to an interest in the Rehoboth (DEL) Art League for which he was a board member and subsequently, President. Bill is survived by daughters, Joan of Washington, D.C., Lisa of Keystone, CO; and by his brother, David (New Trier, 1944 and N.U. 1948) of Louisville, CO. He is interred at Arlington National Cemetery, joining his late wife, Nancy; father, William Sr.; and mother, Alma.
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication from Feb. 21 to Feb. 27, 2013
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