WILLIAM FERGUSON

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FERGUSON--William C.

Retired Chairman and CEO of NYNEX (now Verizon), died October 14, 2015, in Jupiter, Florida. He was 84. From 1989 until his retirement in 1995, Mr. Ferguson led the transformation of the company for the newly competitive communications era, expanding its wireless footprint, diversifying into international markets and advocating for reform of the nation's telecommunications policies. Over a Bell System career spanning more than four decades, he also held leadership positions at Michigan Bell and served as president of New York Telephone from 1983 to 1987. In addition, he was active on several corporate and charitable boards. Born in Detroit, Michigan, Mr. Ferguson attended Albion College, where he earned a B.A. in Liberal Arts in 1952. Bill tirelessly gave back to Albion throughout his lifetime as a parent, donor, professor, board chair and acting president. Mr. Ferguson is survived by his wife of 63 years, Joyce Ferguson; his three daughters, Laura Ferguson, Ellen Keleman (Robert), and Joanne Gerrish (Shep); seven grandchildren and two great- grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Albion College in his name at www.albion.edu/giving

Published in The New York Times on Oct. 23, 2015