WILLIAM HANLEY (1940 - 2016)

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  • "Allie & family, Lee was one on the greatest men I ever had..."
    - Brett Bracken
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    - Gerald Ladner
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    - David Hvolbeck
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HANLEY--William Lee, Jr.

William Lee Hanley Jr., of Palm Beach, Florida died Friday, November 4th in Greenwich, Connecticut. He was 76. Mr. Hanley, who was known as Lee, was born in New York City attended The Buckley School and St. Paul's School where he was a star track and field athlete. He still holds the school record for the fastest 440 meter time. Following St. Paul's, he attended Yale University graduating with a B.A. in Economics in 1964. Mr. Hanley's grandfather founded The Hanley Brick Company in 1893 which became one of the most prominent brick production companies in the United States. Many well-known, architecturally prestigious buildings such as World Wide Plaza, The Chrysler Building, and Mt Sinai Hospital in NYC and Washington Harbor in DC are among those built with Hanley brick. To supply fuel for brick manufacturing, the family also formed an oil and gas company called Hanley & Byrd in Bradford, Pennsylvania. This supply business, later became known as Hanley Petroleum Inc., and expanded its acquisition, exploration and development of properties in the ensuing years, eventually to the Permian Basin in West Texas in the early 1950's. In 1964 Mr. Hanley went to work for the family business, and ultimately become Chairman and CEO. The brick company was sold in 1986 to Glen-Gery. Hanley Petroleum remains an independent oil and gas producer in Midland. In 2015, Mr. Hanley was inducted into the Petroleum Hall of Fame of The Petroleum Museum in Midland. Highlights of Mr. Hanley's Directorships and philanthropic activities over the years include: Director and ultimately Chairman of the Board of Greenwich Hospital; Director and ultimately Chairman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in Washington D.C.; Founder and Chairman of the Yankee Institute for Public Policy Studies in Connecticut; Trustee of both the Boy's Club of New York and the Boy's and Girl's Club of Greenwich; Chapter Chairman of Metro New York YPO; Trustee of the International Center for the Disabled in NYC; Member of the National Petroleum Council; Director, Regnery Gateway, Inc., DC; Director, Eagle Publishing, DC; Director, American Spectator Foundation, DC; Director, Concho Natural Resources, Midland, TX; Treasurer, JM Foundation in NYC; Vice Chairman of the Landmark Preservation Commission in Palm Beach. Mr. Hanley's greatest philanthropic passion more recently was The King's College in New York City, a Christian college where Mr. Hanley served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the time of his death. Dr. Thornbury, the President of King's College said of Lee... "A fierce champion of all that we hold dear, he was devoted to the classics of Western Civilization. He understood the importance of a Politics, Philosophy and Economics core. He saw the Judeo-Christian tradition as vital for the culture to flourish. He gave his energy, wisdom, and business insight to those institutions which advance liberty. We stand in debt for his faith, commitment, and leadership at King's." Mr. Hanley may be best known to many as a patriot and passionate advocate for American free enterprise and individual rights. He was driven by a deep intellectual curiosity and relished a vigorous debate. As early supporters of President Reagan, the Hanleys hosted a reception for the Reagans at their home in October 1979. Mr. Hanley was appointed Executive Director, Connecticut Reagan-Bush Committee in 1980; was a member of President Reagan's campaign finance committee in 1980 and a delegate to the 1980 Republican Convention. He served in two federal agencies during the Reagan administration. He was active in local and national politics as well as conservative causes throughout his life. In addition to his wife Allie, Mr. Hanley is survived by five daughters: Carroll Goggin (Winter Park, Florida), Allison Frantz (Greenwich, Connecticut), Brooke Davison (Boulder, Colorado), Nicole Hanley (NYC), and Merrill Curtis (NYC). Mr. Hanley is also survived by fourteen grandchildren. A grandson William Sargeant Frantz predeceased him. A funeral service for Mr. Hanley will be held on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 11:00am at Christ Church Greenwich, 254 East Putnam Avenue in Greenwich. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to The King's College, 56 Broadway, New York, NY, 10004.

Published in The New York Times on Nov. 13, 2016
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