“I had the honor and privilege to be on the board with Bill Wycoff for many years. His skill, leadership, compassion, and caring for The Children’s Home was unparalleled and never waned during good times or bad. His blood, sweat and tears are in every brick.”
– Dr. Frederick Sherman
The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center joins in celebrating the life and accomplishments of William (Bill) M. Wycoff. Bill passed away at the age of 72 on October 21, 2013, surrounded by his family and loved ones.
Bill dedicated the majority of his adult life to the service of organizations near and dear to his heart. The Children’s Home & Lemieux Family Center was lucky to count Bill as a friend, volunteer, and Board Member for 40 years. Bill was a tireless advocate for vulnerable children and families in the Pittsburgh region and dedicated his talents to the Board of Directors. In the words of CEO Pamela Schanwald: “There was no finer litigator, friend, confidant and leader than Bill Wycoff.”
Bill’s work with The Children’s Home began as a young associate at Thorp Reed & Armstrong when he represented adoptive parents throughout the legal process of adoption. Bill truly enjoyed this work and made friends with many of the adoptive families. Because of his demonstrated dedication to the mission of The Children’s Home, he was asked to become a Board Member in 1970.
In his tenure as an active member of the Board of Directors at The Children’s Home & Lemieux Family Center, highlights of Bill’s service include:
- Handling of the sale of The Children’s Home building on South Aiken Avenue
- Three-time Board of Directors President (1976-1978; 1987-1989; and 2004-2007)
- Capital Campaign Cabinet Member and Chair of the Leadership/Board Gifts Committee
In his career, Bill was a prominent trial attorney and partner of Clark Hill Thorp Reed, specializing in antitrust, product liability, and commercial litigation matters. In 1999, Bill was named one of the top ten litigators in Pennsylvania, the only lawyer chosen from Pittsburgh that year. A native son of Pittsburgh, Bill left Pennsylvania to earn his undergraduate degree at Cornell University and his Juris Doctorate at Northwestern University, but returned to the city he loved to join Thorp Reed & Armstrong.
Though his commitments kept him busy, Bill was first and foremost a family man. He was a devoted husband to his wife of 50 years, Debby; a loving father to his daughter, Amy, and son, Pieter; and an adoring grandfather to Olivia, Desmond, Finn, and Fredrik. Bill also touched the lives of countless friends, colleagues and community members. His presence is sorely missed.