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William M. Hannay, III

It is with profound sadness that we share the passing of our classmate and friend Bill Hannay, Yale class of ’66, this past Tuesday, August 11, 2020. Bill was with his family for their annual summer trip in Sag Harbor, New York, when, after a week full of their favorite activities, he experienced a fatal brain hematoma. He was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he passed away peacefully with his beloved wife, Donna, and three children, Capron, Blaike and William, at his side.

Following his years at Yale, Bill served a tour in Vietnam, attended Georgetown Law, clerked on the Supreme Court for Justice Tom C. Clark, joined the Manhattan DA’s office for three years and then joined Chicago-based firm Schiff Hardin LLP in 1979, where he would have celebrated his 41st year this fall. He specialized in antitrust law, working on cases nationwide, authoring numerous books on the topic and teaching as an Adjunct Professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law and Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Through multiple legal organizations, he traveled frequently both around the country and internationally to teach, to speak and to engage with the legal community on a range of issues and to further his passion for the law.

Bill was a proud Yale alumnus. He was committed to continuing the legacy of our university as an interviewer for applicants in the Chicagoland area for over 25 years. He consistently recommended the next generation of students who wanted to attend Yale not just for its reputation and standard of education, but those who would take on the responsibility of building on our foundation as we move into new decades and centuries. Among his proudest accomplishments in recent years was The Naked Lunch, an original musical he wrote and directed for our 50th reunion in 2016, with music by Damon Baker. A performer at heart, he pursued his passion for theatre and music with family and friends alike. He wrote, acted and produced several plays with local play-reading groups. He was also a member of his hometown Barrington Village Singers and cherished performing with his children and friends everywhere from their high school stage to Beijing, China to the Sydney Opera House.

The family is still finalizing memorial arrangements due to location and coronavirus concerns and will share more at a later date. Those who wish to send condolences to the family are welcome to reach Donna at cafedame@aol.com.