William W. Crandall, Jr.
June 19, 1965 - May 17, 2021
William W. Crandall, Jr (Bill) of Burlingame passed away at home on May 17, after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. He was surrounded by family.
Bill was born June 19, 1965 in San Francisco and lived most of his life in California. He attended San Mateo High School, Class of 1983. He received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University, where he received a degree in public policy and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He then attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received an MBA as well as a Masters in Science in Computer Science.
Bill worked for Hewlett Packard for almost 20 years where he led HP Global Engineering Services. He then went on to work for Clarify and Spearfish Innovation, guiding high-tech companies on business strategy. He has published award-winning articles in IEEE Software. He also served on the boards of Teach for America, Village Harvest, and the Atkinson Foundation. A strong supporter of the public schools, he served as a Director of the Burlingame Community for Education and co-chaired a successful school bond campaign and local school funding campaign. He was a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church of Burlingame.
Bill was an inspiring and generous person. Everywhere he went, he attracted good people, because everyone could immediately sense his genuine warmth, his open heart and his limitless curiosity. He always had a smile on his face, and he kept a positive and optimistic outlook in everything he did. He was a natural story-teller and loved a good dinner party. Bill had a lifelong love of traveling, inspired by his family's relocation to Australia for part of high school followed by a trip around the world.
He is survived by his wife of 29 years Karen (Schmidt), his children Cuyler and Kathryn, his three brothers Robert, John, and Russell, and six nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Crandall Sr and Janet (Ford). The family will hold a private memorial service. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to the Parkinsons Foundation and Junior State of America.
Published by San Francisco Chronicle from May 24 to May 26, 2021.