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William F. Kinder

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February 19, 1931 - January 8, 2014 William F. Kinder, a former Director at the management consulting firm McKinsey & Co. in a career spanning four decades, died on Wednesday, January 8 in Oakland, California. He was 82. His son Bill confirmed the death, which came suddenly after a five year bout with Alzheimer's disease. Mr. Kinder was born in Providence, Rhode Island on February 19, 1931, the son of Mildred Fearney and Harold Kinder. He grew up in Waynesboro, Virginia and was educated at Northfield Mount Hermon, Brown University (cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), and Harvard Business School. He enjoyed stints as a radio announcer and Top-Forty disc jockey for stations such as WTON, WEAN, WHIM between 1950-52. Mr. Kinder served as a Lieutenant in the Navy during the Korean conflict, contributing to the deployment of long range missile detection systems on the Distant Early Warning Line near the Arctic Circle. He married Mary Anne Johnson of Waynesboro in 1956. Their daughter Pam was born in 1957 while Mr. Kinder was stationed in San Diego, California. The family moved to Darien, Connecticut, after Mr. Kinder joined McKinsey & Co.'s New York Office in 1958. Son Bill was born in 1963 in Stamford. Mr. Kinder helped build up the consulting firm's practice in Los Angeles after moving there in 1969. He led numerous consulting engagements with eminent corporate clients in a range of industries including media, automotive, and finance. He was instrumental in building the consulting company's widely respected insurance practice. But he is remembered there most for his unflinching integrity, generous mentorship, contagiously positive attitude and mischievous sense of humor. He retired from McKinsey in 1991, and moved with Mary Anne to Savannah, Georgia to enjoy boating, golf, and southern hospitality. Mary Anne passed away in 2002. In addition to Pam and Bill, Mr. Kinder is survived by his sister Carolyn Carr of Washington, D.C. and six thriving grandchildren: Emily, Matthew, and Charlotte Pik of Darien; and Henry, Jackson and Phoebe Kinder of Berkeley, California. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Cure Alzheimer's Fund at www.curealz.org.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Jan. 14, 2014
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