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William Willis Boddie

William Willis Boddie, American automotive executive. Fulbright scholar Paris, 1967-1968; recipient Robert Fletcher prize Winn, Dartmouth College, 1994.


  • Boddie, William Willis was born on March 23, 1945 in New York City. Son of William Willis and Mary (Delaney) Boddie.

  • Education

    • AB, Dartmouth College, 1967. Master of Science, Dartmouth College, 1969. Certified advanced management program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1984.


    • Various engineering positions Rockwell Manufacturing Company, Pittsburgh, 1969-1972. With Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Michigan, since 1972, executive engineer, 1982-1985, plant manager, 1986-1988, chief engineer, 1988-1990, program manager, 1990-1993, segment director, 1993-1994, engineering director light trucks, since 1995. Chairman Ford of Germany, Cologne, Germany, 1996-1997, vice president small and medium vehicle center Germany, since 1998.


    • Patentee in field.


    Party affiliation: Republican


    Denomination: Episcopalian


    President Newport School Parent Teacher Organization, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1982. Vice chairman Gemini district Boy Scouts American, 1986-1987, chairman, 1987-1988, chairman budget committee, member executive board Detroit area council, since 1987, vice president, 1991-1995. President Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, 1987-1994.

    Trustee Michigan Theatre Foundation, 1990-1993. Member advisory board Dartmouth College, 1992-1996. Director Verband der Deutschen Automobil-industrie, 1996-1997, Deutsche Bank Advisory Board, since 1997.

    Member Detroit Society Engineers, Ann Arbor Darmouth Club (treasurer 1978-1982), Barton Hills Country Club, Phi Beta Kappa.



    Sailing, skiing.


    • Married Joan de Milt, January 1, 1970. Children: William, Laurence Brockinton.
    • father: William Willis Boddie
    • mother: Mary (Delaney) Boddie
    • spouse: Joan de Milt
    • children: William Boddie
    • Laurence Brockinton Boddie
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    Born March 23, 1945
    (age 72)
    • 1967
      Dartmouth College
    • 1969
      Dartmouth College
    • 1984
      Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • 1969 - 1972
      Various engineer, engineering positions Rockwell Manufacturing Company
      Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
    • 1972
      with Ford Motor Company
      Dearborn, Michigan, United States
    • 1996 - 1997
      chairman, Ford of Germany
      Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
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