William R. Cross Jr. Was Executive, Navy Veteran
William R. Cross Jr. of Waccabuc, N.Y., and Chilmark died peacefully at home on Nov. 22 at the age of 85, after a long illness.
Mr. Cross was the son of the late W. Redmond Cross and Julia A. Cross of New York city and Bernardsville, N.J. He was graduated from Groton School in 1937 and from Yale College in 1941, and served as a lieutenant in the United States Navy.
Mr. Cross was vice president of the New York Trust Co. prior to joining Morgan Guaranty Trust Co., where he served as executive vice president until his retirement in 1979. He then became president of the Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation. He served on a number of boards, including The New York Times Co., Amax Inc., National Sugar Refining Co., The Chapin School, Citizens Budget Commission and the Children's Aid Society. He was junior warden of St. Matthew's Church in Bedford, N.Y. He was also past president of the Blue Hill Troupe and treasurer of the Yale Club of New York city.
Mr. Cross is survived by his beloved wife of more than 44 years, Sally S. Cross, and by three devoted children, William R. Cross 3rd of Manchester, Pauline Cross Reeve of Concord and Frederic N. Cross of Easton, Md.; by his daughters in law, Ellen H. Cross and Jane G. Cross, and son in law, Brock C. Reeve. He was also the proud grandfather of Gavin H. Cross, Benjamin C. Cross, Nathaniel C. Reeve, Adam C. Reeve, Hannah C. Reeve, Samuel I. Cross and Charles R. Cross.
A memorial service was held at St. Matthew's Church in Bedford, N.Y., on Nov. 30. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 710 West 168th street, New York, NY 10032.