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William J. Hector


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William J. Hector Obituary
November 20, 1916 - April 27, 2017 William Joseph Hector died on April 27, 2017 in West Hills, California, after a lengthy illness. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Blondine and John Hector. He attended Senn High School and Lake Forest University, and married ballet teacher Agnes Daly on October 19, 1940. Will was a fiercely creative man with diverse skills: from cooking and ham radio to repairing automobiles (he originated the "Saturday Mechanic" feature in Popular Mechanics in the 1960s), writing, photography and body-building. The constant thread throughout his life was love for the violin. As a young man, Will played in dance bands throughout the Midwest, then began a career with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, culminating in his appointment as head of the second violin section in 1956 under conductor Fritz Reiner. The Hectors moved to Southern California in 1956 along with their seven children. Agnes taught kindergarten, then she and Will opened the Vantage Point School in Calabasas. Will was concertmaster of the San Fernando Valley Symphony, played chamber music and string quartets around Los Angeles, and was a valued violinist in many Academy Awards and movie orchestras. Wife Agnes Daly Hector died in 2007. Will is survived by Juliann Hector Thron, Dr. Nanette Orman, Vicki Skinner, Renee Trimble, Patrick Hector, Jay Hector and Kim Hector, their spouses, and grandchildren Laurel Konkol, Nathaniel Orman, Dr. Celeste Trimble, Nick Thron and Teal Thron Guion, and by great-grandchildren Gemma Guion, Wyndre and Petra Cushing, along with Dr. Trimble's wards Shanice Outah and Isaac Vale. A private celebration of life is being planned.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from May 26 to May 28, 2017
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