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William W. Gerecke


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William W. Gerecke Obituary
July 2, 1924 - November 29, 2017 William W. Gerecke, a longtime resident of Greenwich, CT, and a former resident of Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Walnut Creek, CA, passed away on November 29. Bill was the only child of Charles and Cheerful Gerecke, and his paternal grandfather, Herman Gerecke, was the first Mayor of Norfolk, Nebraska. Bill attended San Francisco Polytechnic High School and then San Francisco City College before the war. After serving with the Army Air Force in Italy, he transferred to Stanford University where he received his BA in 1947 and then his MBA in 1949. After graduation Bill was hired by Haskins & Sells, a Big 8 accounting firm, as a certified public accountant and one of its first management consultants. He married Jane Hammond, who worked for rival firm Price Waterhouse, in April 1953. After the birth of two children, Jeffrey and Carolyn, Bill was transferred to the Los Angeles office of H&S where he rose to become the Partner-in-Charge of the Los Angeles Office's Management Advisory Services Group, before being transferred to the Executive Office in New York in 1979. Living in Greenwich, CT, for the rest of his life, he described himself as "bicoastal," with a home in the Bay Area, a membership at the Jonathan Club, and a subscription to the Hollywood Bowl. He remained an active member of the Second Congregational Church in Greenwich, CT, and the Community Church of Mill Valley, CA. He retired from the firm now known as Deloitte after 38 years of service. He cultivated friendships from every moment of his busy life, and enjoyed bridge, animals, See's chocolate and travel. He doted on his two granddaughters. He was predeceased by his wife Jane and his daughter Carolyn, and is survived by his son Jeff, his daughter-in-law Sarah, his two grandchildren, Renata and Claudia, niece Deborah Wells, and two nephews, John and David Hammond.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Dec. 9 to Dec. 10, 2017
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