WILLIAM HENRY MOORE VANNEMAN after 102 years of an active, fulfilling life, William Henry Moore Vanneman Sr., died gracefully, April 26. He enjoyed people and was the most giving person his family and friends ever knew. As a boy, he attended Camp Dudley and throughout his life he lived the Camp Dudley motto, "The other fellow first." When awarded Cornell's Frank H.T. Rhodes Award for Exemplary Alumni Service, Hunter Rawlings, then President of Cornell stated, " A man's success in life isn't what he gains, it is what he gives." This described Bill's life. He and his precious wife, Rosamond were married for 52 years before her passing in 1990. He was born to Charles Reeve and Mercy Moore Vanneman on April 6, 1909 in Albany, N.Y. He graduated from Albany Academy, Cornell University and Harvard Business School. He served in the Navy during World War II, completing his service as a lieutenant commander. After the war, he spent the remainder of his work life with Matthew Bender Company, a law book publisher in New York, retiring as senior vice president. He and Rosamond lived and raised their children, Bill and Reeve in Old Greenwich, where he served as Senior Deacon of the First Congregational Church. He is survived by his two sons, William Henry Moore Vanneman Jr. and his wife, Irene and Reeve Doering Vanneman and his wife, Jane; two grandsons, Matt Vanneman and James Vanneman and their mother, Jill Jacovitz; three granddaughters, Kara Klein and her husband, Ken Klein, Michelle Vanneman and her husband, Chad Yoder, and Julie Vanneman and her husband, Scott Kiesling; and by the lights of his later life, his eight great-granddhildren, ages 2 to 14, all of whom adored him dearly. Services will be held on Tuesday, May 3 at 1:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, Old Greenwich. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Camp Dudley YMCA or Cornell University.
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Published in GreenwichTime on Apr. 28, 2011