William Tell Jr.

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Tell, Jr., William
William Kirn Tell, Jr. was born in Evanston, Illinois on February 27, 1934. His family moved to Findlay, Ohio in 1945 and he graduated from Findlay High School in 1952. He graduated from Dartmouth College with a BA in Government in 1956 and received his JD from the University of Michigan in 1959. A lifelong employee of Texaco, he joined the Legal Department in Houston, Texas in 1963 and was transferred to the company's New York office in 1968. He was appointed Assistant to the Vice President and General counsel in March 1970 and was appointed Associate General Counsel in the same year. He was named Assistant to the Chairman of the Board and elected Vice President in 1973. In 1974 he was placed in charge of Texaco's Washington DC office and in 1979 he was elected Senior Vice President. In 1980 he was transferred to the Company's executive offices in Harrison New York and given the worldwide responsibility of coordinating Government Affairs and Relations, Employee Relations, Corporate Services, and Advertising. From 1982-97 Mr. Tell also managed Texaco's relationship with the Metropolitan Opera including sponsorship of the famous live radio and television broadcasts. During the 1990-91 season Mr. Tell arranged with the BBC and the European Broadcast Union to carry the transmissions live to over 15 countries in Europe. Countries in Asia and Latin America later joined the network for these broadcasts. Mr. Tell retired as Senior Vice President of Texaco in 1998 after 34 years of service. In retirement Mr. Tell wrote a book on the essential institutions of democracy, entitled "Bridges Burning." Mr. Tell also served on the Board of Directors of Texaco Canada, Inc. He was a Director of the American Petroleum Institute, The National Association of Manufacturers, and The National Foreign Trade Council. He served on the Executive Committee and Board of Governors of the Foreign Policy Association, was a trustee of The Manhattan Institute and a member of The National Council of Trustees and Alumni and The Nantucket Community Organization. Mr Tell resided for 25 years in Greenwich Connecticut where he was a member of Greenwich Country Club and The Fairfield Group. In New York City he was a member of the Metropolitan Club, the Yale Club and All Souls Unitarian Church. He was also a member of Sankaty Golf Club in Nantucket and the Everglades Club in Palm Beach. Mr. Tell is survived by his wife, the former Karen Nelson and three children: Catherine Romer of Wilton, Connecticut, Caroline Falk of Cambridge, Massachusetts and William Frederic Tell of Silver Spring, Maryland. In addition he leaves six grandchildren: Andrew and Charles Romer, Katherine and Pamina Falk and Madeleine and Charlotte Tell. He was predeceased by his parents, William and Virginia Tell and his brother, Arthur Charles Tell. A Memorial Service will be held in his honor at Christ Episcopal Church 254 East Putnam Ave. in Greenwich Connecticut on November 30th at 11 AM. A reception to follow in the Parish Hall. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Norwalk CT Chapter or The Bridgeport Rescue Mission.


Published in GreenwichTime on Nov. 14, 2012
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