Narup, William Jacob
A world traveler and active member of the Circumnavigators Club, the only organization devoted to bringing together men and women who have circumnavigated the globe with the purpose of encouraging global fellowship and understanding, Bill Narup and his wife, Carol, traveled to over 139 countries in the last 30 years. Even after suffering a traumatic brain injury from a fall in 2004, Bill continued his travels throughout the United States as well as to Costa Rica, Canada, and Dubai, UAE. Mr. Narup, 84, died peacefully in his Winnetka home April 25th surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Carol (nee Petersen); three children, Cathy Westhouse (David), Scott Narup, and Julie Moore (James); and three grandchildren, Andrew and Lizzie Westhouse and Willy Moore. He grew up in Park Ridge, the son of Norwegian immigrants, and after graduating from Maine Township High School, served in the Pacific in World War II as a U.S. Navy Seabee (Construction Battalion) building airfields. After the war, Bill attended Latin American Institute and Northwestern University. In 1956, Bill founded William J Narup and Company, which is today one of the oldest advertising agencies in Chicago continuing under the same family ownership. Narup recognized a need to help manufacturers and distributors grow their businesses through creative, personalized support from a smaller, service-oriented firm. William J. Narup and Co. has been in operation for over 50 years and has grown from a one-man operation to a full-service business-to-business marketing communications firm, specializing in on-line marketing. Bill was a member of the International Advertising Association (IAA) and traveled around the world to attend many of their conferences. Bill was a passionate Cubs fan, going to his first games in the early '30s. He was a Cubs shareholder and vice president of the Old Timers' Baseball Association. An amateur statistician, Bill kept a collection of scorecards from every game he attended. He was an all around sports fan, and attended his grandchildren's football and soccer games all through their high school and college years. An athlete himself, he ran in the senior citizen's race of the Chicago Marathon. A memorial service honoring the life of Bill Narup will be held at the Kenilworth Union Church, 211 Kenilworth Avenue in Kenilworth, on Friday June 5th at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the National Aphasia Association, 350 Seventh Avenue, Suite 902, New York, New York 10001 and Kenilworth Union Church Outreach Program c/o Kenilworth Union Church, 211 Kenilworth Avenue, Kenilworth, IL 60043.
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Published by Evanston Review from May 21 to May 28, 2009.