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Marin Independent Journal
Tuesday, July 21, 1998
Section B, page 2
WILLIAM M. VANDERBILT
William M. Vanderbilt of San Rafael, a lifelong Marin resident who was an active member of the Marin Council Boy Scouts of American for 35 years, died July 18. He was 83.
Mr. Vanderbilt was a Scout, Scoutmaster, committeeman and executive board member of the Marin Council Boy Scouts of America. In 1964, he was awarded the Order of Merit.
He was born at his family home on Fifth Avenue in San Rafael, across from the Mount Tamalpais Military Academy where his father, Maj. Newell F. Vanderbilt, was president. He attended public schools in San Rafael and Mount Tamalpais Military Academy. After graduating from Heald Business College he began his career with California Packing Corp., which later became Del Monte. He retired after 43 years.
During World War II he served in the Signal Corps and the Air Force.
He was a deacon of the First Presbyterian Church, Past Master of Marin Lodge #191, F & AM, and a charter member and past president of the Marin County Historical Society. Other memberships included the Tamalpais Golf Club.
He is survived by his daughter, Andrea Irene Rail; his son, James Newell Vanderbilt; and five grandchildren. His wife, Helen Vanderbilt, died earlier.
A memorial service will be 1 p.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church in San Rafael.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Marin County Historical Society, First Presbyterian Church or the Marin Council Boy Scouts of America.
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