William Kinder

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William F. Kinder - OAKLAND, CA - William F. Kinder, 82, a resident of Savannah from 1996 to 2010, died on January 8, 2014, in Oakland, CA. He was a former Director at the management consulting firm McKinsey & Co., in a career that spanned four decades. Mr. Kinder was born in Providence, Rhode Island on February 19, 1931, the son of the late Mildred Fearney Kinder and Harold Kinder. He grew up in Waynesboro, Virginia and was educated at Northfield Mount Herman, Brown University (graduating cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa), and Harvard Business School. He enjoyed stints as a radio announcer and Top-Forty disc jockey for stations WTON, WEAN, and WHIM between 1950 and 1952. 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 was stationed first in Charleston, South Carolina and then San Diego, CA. He married Mary Anne Johnson of Waynesboro in 1956. Their daughter Pam was born in 1957 in San Diego. Son Bill was born in 1963 in Stamford, Connecticut. He joined McKinsey & Co.'s New York office in 1958, and 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 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 to enjoy boating, golf and southern hospitality. They belonged to The Landings Club, and attended Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church. 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, Connecticut, and Henry, Jackson and Phoebe Kinder of Berkeley, California. Savannah Morning News January 14, 2014 Please sign our Obituary Guest Book at savannahnow.com/obituaries.


Published in Savannah Morning News on Jan. 14, 2014
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