William Yale

Obituary of William Yale

William Scott Yale, 79, of Portsmouth, RI died on Sunday, June 24, 2007, at home. He was the husband of Elizabeth Rectanus DeBlois. Born in Glendale, CA on March 2, 1928, he was the son of the late Henry Clay Yale II of New York City, NY and Alder Creek, NY and Helen DuMont Goodwin Yale of Albany, NY and Glens Falls, NY. The family returned to Glens Falls, NY in 1934 after the death of his eldest brother, Henry Clay III and then settled in Youngstown, NY. Mr. Yale attended public schools and graduated from Niagara Falls High School in 1946. After high school he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as a radio signal operator with the occupation forces in Japan from 1946 to 1947. He then entered Colgate University and was graduated in 1952 with a B.S. in Political Science. In 1956, he obtained a J.D. degree from the Cornell University School of Law. He descends from the Yale family for whom Yale University is named. Mr. Yale began his legal career in private practice in Youngstown, NY. Subsequently, he joined the law firm of Chapin, Chapin & Shedd in Niagara Falls, NY. He also served as Assistant District Attorney of Warren County, NY. In 1960, he relocated to Glens Falls, NY to join the legal department of Glens Falls Insurance Company. In 1969, he moved to Westport, CT (and in 1977 to Stamford, CT) to join the legal department of General Electric Credit Corporation (GECC) in Stamford, CT. In the early 1970's, Manhattan Fire & Marine Insurance Company (later Puritan Insurance Company) was acquired by GECC and Mr. Yale assumed positions of Vice President and Corporate Counsel in that company. In 1983, he moved to RI when the Puritan Insurance Company was transferred to Johnston, RI. He returned to Stamford, CT in 1986 to manage major acquisitions for General Electric Corporation's finance department as Corporate Counsel, retiring in 1990. In 1991 he moved to Newport, RI to pursue his life-long love of boating. Mr. Yale's passion for sailing began in Youngstown where he learned to sail on Lake Ontario with his father and brother, George Waite Goodwin. He raced Snipes, 6 Meters and 8 Meters with his brother out of Youngstown Yacht Club and later Stars out of the Lake George Club in NY. After relocating to Westport, CT he raced his Tartan 30 out of Cedar Point Yacht Club. In later years, he took up cruising, first in a Pearson 365. After again racing a Peterson 34 on Long Island Sound for two seasons, Mr. Yale returned to cruising on his Valiant 40, Sea Kindly, acquired in 1983, which he continued to sail out of the Ida Lewis Yacht Club in Newport. In 1988 he survived with four others after the Camper Nicholson 72, Isle, sank in the North Atlantic having encountered a 'perfect' storm during a transatlantic passage to reposition the boat to the Mediterranean. In February this year, he realized a lifelong dream when he and his wife rounded Cape Horn aboard the M/V Mare Australis. During his legal career, Mr. Yale was active in the Red Cross and served as Chapter president in Glens Falls. More recently he dedicated efforts to developing solutions to world problems through the Roger Williams University Conference Center for Macro Engineering and Diplomacy. An Episcopalian, he was a communicant of St Columba's, the Berkeley Memorial Chapel in Middletown, RI where he sang with the choir. He was a member of Newport, RI's Ida Lewis Yacht Club, Quindicem and the Newport Athletic Club. In addition to his wife whom he married in September 2000, Mr.Yale is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, William Scott Yale II and Kim Susan Yale of Seattle, WA; his daughter and son-in-law, Tristram Helen Yale and Carl Sungjin Cho of New York City; and two grandsons, Nathaniel William Yale and Henry Hyun-ki Cho. His marriage in 1957 to Bette Kay Kavander ended in divorce. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care of the O'Neill -Hayes Funeral home. There are no visiting hours. A funeral will be held Thursday, June 28, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Columba's the Berkeley Memorial Chapel in Middletown. Burial will be private. His family gratefully acknowledges the superb medical care of Matthew R. Smith MD, PhD and his associates at Massachusetts General Hospital. Donations may be made to the Prostate Cancer Research Fund c/o Dr. Matthew Smith, MGH, 55 Fruit St. Yawkey 7E, Boston, MA 02114
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