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William (Bill) Thomas Wiswall ’55 was born in a car going to Hanford, California, on March 30, 1934. He was married to Marsha Jo Barbeau of Bakersfield, California, for more than 50 years. They raised two daughters, Mary Lee Wiswall and Megan Wiswall Esrey in Fresno, California. He graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose SCU. While attending Santa Clara, Bill won the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate Boxing Championship and was a semifinalist in the NCAA Boxing Championship. He served in the Army Artillery at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Fort Knox, Kentucky, and in Hanau, Germany, where he obtained the rank of first lieutenant. He had a lifelong career in the agribusiness industry in California and Arizona and was active in numerous organizations, including National Institute of Oilseed Products, Acala Cotton Board, National Cottonseed Product Association, honorary member of the “Ole Guard,” Santa Clara University Board of Fellows, Central Valley Santa Clara Alumni Association president, and Who’s Who among students in American universities. Bill enjoyed his time with the Rancheros Visitadores in the Los Flojos camp. He was an avid runner and a LA Marathon finisher. He fought the good fight, ran the good race, and enjoyed the good faith. Bill passed away on June 27, 2018. He is preceded in death by his parents, George Augustus Wiswall and Mildred Patricia O’Brien, and his brother, George Charles (Chuck) Wiswall. He is survived by his loving wife and daughters, his son-in-law, John C. Esrey, granddaughters Madison Jo Esrey and Caroline Campbell Esrey, sister-in-law Lynne Wiswall, and numerous nieces and nephews in the Busacca, Hested, Pudiwitr, Talerico, and Wiswall families.