William Wallace Wotherspoon

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WILLIAM WALLACE WOTHERSPOON William Wallace Wotherspoon, age 94, of Santa Fe, NM, died on September 28, 2013. A resident of Santa Fe since 1995, Bill Wotherspoon was born on September 24, 1919, in Washington, D. C., to Margaret (Larner) and Alexander Somerville Wotherspoon. Through his mother's paternal Larner family, Bill was a fifth-generation Washingtonian. He attended Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D. C., and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach, California, in 1936, where his father was stationed with the U.S. Navy. Bill graduated from Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, in 1940, and attended George Washington Law School in Washington, D. C. In August of 1941, he began active duty in the U.S. Naval Reserve and served through September 1946, retiring as Commander. He was a graduate of the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, RI, and a member of the Allied Control Commission in Rome, Italy, from 1944 to 1945. He married Mary Bulkley of Grosse Pointe Park, MI, in June of 1946. From 1946 to 1966, he was an executive with the Ford Motor Company in St. Louis, MO, Chicago, IL, and Dearborn, MI. Bill Wotherspoon served on the boards of many organizations, including: the Lake Carriers Association, Cleveland, OH; Uihlein Financial, Inc., Milwaukee, WI; Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI; Family Service of Metropolitan Detroit; University Liggett School, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI; Chatham Hall, Chatham, VA; Northport Point Cottage Owners' Association, Northport, MI; Henry Uihlein II and Mildred A. Uihlein Foundation Trust, Lake Placid, NY; and EGIS (Elders Getting Information Services), Santa Fe, NM. He belonged to the following clubs: the Grosse Pointe Club and the Country Club of Detroit, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI; Northport Point Club, Northport, MI; The Reading Room, Newport, RI; and Don Quixotes of Santa Fe, NM. Bill was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary (Bulkley) Wotherspoon of Grosse Pointe Farms, MI, in 1985, his second wife, Mary Ruth (Sanger) Wotherspoon of Toledo, OH, in 2008, his sister, Margaret Wotherspoon Miller (Mrs. Elmon A.) of Washington, D. C., in 2010, and his sister Anne Wotherspoon Ross (Mrs. W. Ogden) in 2013. Bill is survived by his two daughters, Mary Adams "Polly" Wotherspoon of Santa Fe, NM, and Eleonore "Ellie" Wotherspoon of Washington, D. C., and his dedicated dog, Emma. Bill's family thanks the staff at Sierra Vista and his caregiver, Robert Cather. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Atwill Memorial Chapel Association, 105 N. Northcott Drive, Northport, MI 49670, the Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society, 100 Caja del Rio Road, Santa Fe, NM 87507, or a . Interment and a private memorial service will be held at a later date in Michigan. Berardinelli Family Funeral Service 1399 Luisa Street Santa Fe, NM 87505 (505) 984-8600 Please sign our guestbook for the family at: www.berardinellifuneralhome.com
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