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William Henry Eager ’31

William Henry Eager Jr. ’31, October 14, 2003, in Pasadena, California. William received his bachelor’s degree in economics, then attended Harvard Business School for a year. Living in Pasadena, he worked in construction, real estate, and accounting. In 1934 he met Helen Hoblitt, with whom he enjoyed nearly 60 years of marriage, and they had two sons. William took classes in accounting at USC and passed the CPA examination in 1941. In 1942 he joined the U.S. Navy, working stateside in the supply corps. After World War II, he opened a public accounting office, and focused his career on small businesses, partnerships, corporations, and individual tax and estate planning. He was a member of the San Gabriel Valley Estate Planning Council, the Chamber of Commerce, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, and the Pasadena Child Health Foundation. Additionally he enjoyed golf, horseback riding, and sailing-the latter two interests initiated at a YMCA camp in Northern Michigan, where he worked summers during and after his years at Reed. He and his wife also enjoyed dancing, and travel in North America with their children. They later traveled to Europe, Asia, Central and South America, Indonesia, New Guinea, the Greek Islands, and Africa. The couple had four grandchildren.

Appeared in Reed magazine: May 2004

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