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Manufacturing executive

William Frederick May, American manufacturing executive.


May, William Frederick was born on October 25, 1915 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Son of Arthur W. and Florence (Hartwick) May.


Bachelor of Science, University Rochester, 1937. Graduate Advanced Management Program, Harvard University, 1950. Doctor in Engineering, Clarkson University.

Doctor of Laws, Oklahoma Christian College. Doctor of Humane Letters, Livingstone University. Doctor of Laws, Lafayette University.


Research worker, E.I. Du Pont de Nemours Company, 1937-1938;with, American Can Company, 1940-1980;manager, American Can Company, 1957-1958;vice president, American Can Company, 1958-1964;executive vice president, American Can Company, 1964-1965;vice Chairman, Board Of Directors, American Can Company, 1965;Chairman, Board Of Directors, chief Executive officer, American Can Company, 1965-1980;member Executive Committee, American Can Company, Greenwich, Connecticut, since 1960. Board directors United States Surgical & Catalyst Energy Corporation, Phibro-Salomon Corporation. Dean Graduate School Business Administration, New York University, 1980-1984.

Chairman and chief Executive officer Statue of Liberty Foundation, since 1984.


Board directors Lincoln Center. Trustee American Ditchley Foundation, American Museum Natural History, Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital, University Rochester. Member corporation Polytechnic Institute New York.

Chairman public policy council Advertising Council. Member National Order of Merit (France, officier), Economic Club, Round Hill Club, Megunticook Golf Club, Indian Harbor Yacht Club, Camden Yacht Club, Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Delta Phi.


Married Kathleen Thompson, June 14, 1947. Children: Katherine Hartwick (Mistress Edward W. Bickford), Elizabeth Shaw.

Arthur W. May

Florence (Hartwick) May

Kathleen Thompson

Katherine Hartwick May (Mistress Edward W. Bickford)

Elizabeth Shaw May