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William Elliott Sperry, 83, Of New Canaan

William Elliott Sperry
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NEW CANAAN, Conn. - William Elliott Sperry of New Canaan, Vergennes, Vt., and Sconset, Mass., died April 17. He was 83.

Sperry was born Jan. 26, 1930, in White Plains, N.Y., to Violet Elliott and Louis Fenn Sperry of Scarsdale, N.Y.

After graduating from Scarsdale High School, he attended Williams College. While at Williams, he was president of Phi Gamma Delta, treasurer of the Gargoyle Society, class secretary, Undergraduate Council, Purple Key, Athletic Council and the football and swim teams. After graduating from Williams in 1951, he received his MBA from Harvard University in 1953. Upon leaving Harvard University, he served as a first lieutenant in the Army, working at the Pentagon.

Sperry’s professional career began at Campbell Soup in the Philadelphia area,  which included a year in Mexico City. From Campbell, he moved on to McKinsey & Co, a strategy consulting firm. He next worked at Melville Corporation. He spent most of his working life with the newly-founded Amcena Corporation, a holding company.

Sperry was a member of The Board of Trustees at Colonial Williamsburg from l988-2000, and was an advisor on matters related to Colonial Williamsburg’s products business in particular. He also served as a director of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum for a number of years.

Sperry is survived by his wife, Kitty Sperry; children, Carly Sperry Olson (Jon) of Duxbury, Mass.; Bill Sperry (Kate) of Darien; Jim Sperry (Andrea) of Rochester, N.Y.; and Whizzy Sperry Roof (Bill) of Hingham, Mass.; two stepsons, Jamie McLean of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Carter McLean (Sabbath) of Ridgefield; and nine grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Nancy Rutherford Sperry.

A memorial service will be held Friday, April 26, at 2 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Parish in Darien.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Sperry’s aide and critical support team, Liveny Chery, c/o Sperry, 58 Deer Park Road, New Canaan, CT 06840.

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