Bill Montgomery was an outstanding board member of the National Writers Series, with his tenure beginning in May of 2011. He passed away in December of 2017 after a valiant battle with cancer. Bill made profound contributions to the National Writers Series, including providing key financial advice to ensure the stability of NWS as a nonprofit. He was the brainchild of our annual book club event and brought in bestselling author David Ebershoff as a featured author and guest host. Bill was the author Prayer for Time, a memoir focusing on turning points in his life and especially his reaction to a recent cancer diagnosis. In January 2018, NWS will announce the Bill Montgomery Literary Service Award to recognize his service to NWS, and also his accomplishment as a published author. An endowed NWS scholarship in Bill’s name has also been established at the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation.
Bill graduated from the University of Michigan with an honors degree in economics and earned his MBA from Harvard University. He began his management career with Bell & Howell Company in Chicago, quickly rising to a corporate vice president. He enjoyed a long career working in several facets of the oil and gas industry, first with Global Marine and subsequently as a leader of consulting organizations Gaffney, Cline and the Sterling Consulting Group. His work focused on exploration and production segment performance evaluation, strategic direction and project evaluation.
Bill has volunteered in several capacities including serving as the longtime chairman of the Union Station ministry to the homeless of Pasadena, CA. He was also the vice chairman of the Parkland Hospital Foundation in Dallas, TX. Bill served on the board of the Munson Foundation and was enthusiastically involved in their efforts to raise money to build the Cowell Family Cancer Center here in Traverse City. He lived with his wife, Anne, in Traverse City, Michigan.