Bill O’Connell '70
February 20, 2014
Bill "Oak" O'Connell '70 devoted his career to public accounting. His career culminated in his role as one of the three panelists arbitrating the largest insurance settlement in history-the $7 billion settlement of the World Trade Center disaster of Sept. 11, 2001.
O'Connell and his wife, Jeanie, made a substantial will provision to Saint John's to help establish the Thomas J. Murray Chair in Accounting. Tom Murray '53 retired as professor emeritus in 1994 after 28 years of teaching at Saint John's. During his tenure, more than 1,500 students graduated with accounting degrees.
O'Connell wanted to honor Tom Murray for his commitment to the accounting profession and to the accounting students at Saint John's. "He worked tirelessly to make the department one of the best in the country," says O'Connell. "I wanted to honor his pioneering effort, and give back to the university that has given so much to me."
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John Young '83
Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement
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