July 1, 1926 - May 17, 2013
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WILLIAM M. FINE
William M. (Bill) Fine died on May 17, 2013, at the age of 86, in Beverly Hills after a long battle with multiple atrophy syndrome. He was born July 1, 1926 in New York City, and spent his early childhood in West Los Angeles. He lived a full life of extraordinary achievements in publishing, fashion, and high public service. He served with the 45th Infantry Division from 1944 to 1946, receiving the Bronze Star. In 1982, President Ronald Reagan named Fine a member of the JFK Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. In 1986, President Reagan named him U.S. Adviser to the U.S. State Department on the Anglo-Irish Accord, and International Fund. He spent 4 years under President Reagan, and 3 ½ years under President George H.W. Bush in that post.. In 1957, he joined the Hearst Corporation; becoming Publisher of Harper's Bazaar in 1963; and then Publishing Director of Bazaar, House Beautiful, and Town & Country. Over the years, Mr. Fine's articles were published in magazines and hundreds of newspapers in the U.S., the U.K. and Ireland. In 1974, President Richard Nixon gave Fine his first interview after leaving the White House for San Clemente. He was the author of 4 books as well. Over the years, Fine was president of Bonwit Teller, Wamsutta Mills and Dan River, as well as Frances Denney cosmetics. Fine was a Director of the Barbara and Frank Sinatra Children's Center in Rancho Mirage.
Mr. Fine is survived by his long time partner, Kay Pick, who was with him when he passed away. He is also survived by 4 sons: B.William (Bill), Douglas, and Timothy in the U.S.; and Adam in England. He lost a son Alexander to diabetes in 2004. He had 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
Services for Mr. Fine will be held at the old Stanwich Church, at 237 Taconic Road, in Greenwich CT on Thursday May 23rd at 2 PM. Burial will follow at Stanwich Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are being made by Pierce Brothers of Los Angeles CA. (310 474 1579) and by Leo P. Gallagher & Son of Greenwich CT (203 869 1513). Donations in Mr. Fine's memory may be made to barbarasinatrachildren'scenter.org; or to autismspeaks.org.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on May 19, 2013