William C. King, 68, former anthropology professor at the University of Pittsburgh and chairman of the board of The Bradley Center, successfully battled multiple sclerosis to live an active life from the time he was 28. He died at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, Mass., on Tuesday of a brief and sudden onset of encephalitis.
Mr. King, formerly of Fox Chapel, and his wife, Virginia "Ginny" Judson Iannini, moved to Cape Cod full time in 2004. He was born in Cambridge, Mass., and was raised in Braintree, Mass. He last lived in Brewster, Mass.
"He retired when he was 46," said his son Daniel, of Lawrenceville.
But Mr. King remained as active as possible, spending much time as a trustee at The Bradley Center, a regional residential health care and child welfare system in Robinson.
He served as a trustee from 1992 until he retired from the board Oct. 31, 2003. He served as chairman of the board from 1997 to 2003, said Bradley's chief executive officer, Lisa Fox. He was vice chairman of the board from 1994 to 1997, and had been an honorary board trustee since 2006. He remained an honorary board trustee until present time. "He still reviewed documents and contributed however he could," Ms. Fox said.
During his years as a trustee, he also spent time with the children patients at Bradley. "He'd come in with baseball cards and spend time with the children. He really loved kids," Ms. Fox said.
"His dedication to the children, youth, families and staff of The Bradley Center was admirable. He was a wonderful man and dedicated to the work Bradley Center does with children, youth and families."
Mr. King continued to be dedicated to humane organizations when he and his wife moved to live full time in Massachusetts. In the last few years he has served on the board of Friends of Pleasant Bay and recently was appointed chair of the Brewster Health and Human Services committee.
He also spent time as an avid collector, especially of cars, baseball cards, art and wines. "I would say he had the most fun with Porsches and a close second by his wine," Daniel King said.
Time was also spent as the president of the Sears Point Condominium Association, and he donated pieces of his art collection to the Brewster Ladies' Library and the Allen Art Museum at Oberlin College in Ohio, where he had studied as an undergraduate. He received his doctorate from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.
Four years ago, he returned to duplicate bridge, playing with his wife in tournaments all over New England.
"They have won numerous tournaments, and they have received master's points for winning," Daniel King said. "He had received many master's points in the last couple years."
Mr. King and his wife traveled to Florida in the winters. They lived in a condominium in New Smyrna Beach, south of Daytona, Fla.
"He loved golf," Daniel King said. "He loved the ocean, just enjoyed it in general. He didn't sail much. His multiple sclerosis just generally affected his mobility, so swimming obviously was difficult for him."
His son said Mr. King had one hole-in-one playing golf in his 50s at Longue Vue Club in Penn Hills, something he considered "one of the proudest days of his life."
Besides his son Daniel and his wife, he is survived by another son, Thomas; his grandson, William, Daniel's 4-month old baby; and his former wife and his sons' mother, Carol Moran of Oakmont.
Visitation was Thursday and a memorial service today will be held at Nickerson Funeral Home, Orleans, Mass.
Burial will be at a Brewster cemetery at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made toward the Brewster Historical Society purchase of the Elijah Cobb house, www.brewsterhistoricalsociety.org; click "New Home Fund" on the home page.
Pohla Smith: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1228.