In Memoriam

Former Trustee William Owen

Bill was born January 21, 1942 in Tallahassee, Florida to Mr. and Mrs. George E. Owen. He graduated from Leon High School where he was a member of the golf and basketball teams. He attended the University of Florida, 1960-1964, graduating with a major in accounting and a minor in finance. He was a member of SAE fraternity.

After graduating from Florida, Bill attended law school at the University of Nebraska. Graduating in 1967, he served as a member of the law review, the national moot court team, and having attained the academic distinction of “Order of the Coif” typically awarded to the top 5 percent of the class.

In 1967, Bill returned to Tallahassee where he clerked for the Honorable Richard W. Ervin, Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court. After his clerkship he entered the private practice of law in 1971.

In 1988, Bill was appointed to the Board of Directors of Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society, the fourth largest fraternal benefit society in the United States. Bill served as Chairman of the Audit Committee, until he became the Chairman of the Board, the first independent director to attain this position in Woodmen’s 120-year history. Bill retired from Woodmen in February 2012. He is survived by his wife Carolyn Owen.

Jim Conner (2013)

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