William McHenry "Bill" Horne

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William "Bill" McHenry Horne 94, of Tucson, died Tuesday in Indianapolis, Indiana, after a short illness. A veteran of World War II and the Korean War, Bill had a multifaceted career: lawyer, business executive, university lecturer and child advocate. Those who knew him say he brought one quality to all his roles. He followed Earnest Hemingway's timeless advice. He knew how to listen completely. Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, Bill grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana, and was a graduate of DePauw University and Harvard Law School. During World War II, he served as a communications squadron commander in the South Pacific for the Army Air Corps. He was later recalled to service as a judge advocate in the Air Force during the Korean War. Retiring with the rank of major, he served as an attorney with the United States Tax Court and the Joint Committee on Taxation of the United States Congress. He then worked for several corporations and as a partner of Reed, Smith, Shaw & McClay before joining Citicorp as a senior vice president and general counsel of Citibank, N.A. During his professional career he served as president and board chairman of the Tax Executives Institute, member of Internal Revenue Commissioner's advisory board, and chairman of the tax committees of the American Bankers Association and other industry groups. Upon retirement to Tucson, Bill volunteered for ten years as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), representing abused and neglected children in juvenile court. He served on the Foster Care Review Board for the state of Arizona and completed a term as President of the Arizona Council for CASA, Inc. Bill joined the University of Arizona faculty as a lecturer in the School of Business, and he taught three fall terms as a visiting faculty member at DePauw. He also wrote articles and poems, and traveled extensively with his wife, Alice Hobart Horne, who predeceased him. He visited more than 80 countries in his travels. He is survived by sister, Nancy Matthei of Glenview, Ill., and brother-in-law, Raymond Justak, Indianapolis, Ind., with whom Bill was recently staying; daughters, Lynellyn Long, London, U.K. and Dee Thompson, Prince George, B.C.; son, William M. Horne, Indianapolis, Ind.; stepson, R. Hal Johnson, Sarasota, Fla.; stepdaughters, Christina Kent, Houston, Texas and Karen Johnson, Washington, D.C.; and grandchildren and step-grandchildren, Bryerly Long, Cordelia Long, Cullane Horne, Connor Horne, Kyle Thompson, Dylan Thompson, Brett Johnson, Alex Johnson and Olivia Kent. His sister, Martine Justak, Indianapolis, Ind., also predeceased him. His brother-in-law, Raymond Justak, with whom Bill recently resided, survives. A Memorial Service will be held in the Tucson area in late May.


Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Apr. 26, 2015
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