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William Oliver Bourke

metal company executive

William Oliver Bourke was American metal company executive. 1st lieutenant Military Intelligence, United States Army, 1944-1948.


Bourke, William Oliver was born on April 12, 1927 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Son of Robert Emmett and Mable Elizabeth (D'Arcy) Bourke.


Student, University Illinois, 1945. Bachelor of Science in Commerce, DePaul University, 1951.


With Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Michigan, 1956-1960, national distribution manager, 1960-1964. General sales manager Ford Canada, Toronto, Ontario, 1964-1967. Assistant managing director Ford Australia, Melbourne, 1967-1970, manager director, 1970-1971.

President Ford Asia-Pacific and South Africa, Inc., 1971-1972, Ford Asia-Pacific, Inc., Melbourne, 1972-1973, Europe, Inc., 1973-1975, chairman board, 1975-1980. Executive vice president Ford North America Automotive Operations, Dearborn, 1980-1981, also board directors. Executive vice president Reynolds Metals Company, Richmond, Virginia, 1981-1983, president, chief operating officer, 1983-1986, president, Chief Executive Officer, 1986-1988, chairman board, Chief Executive Officer, 1988-1992.


1st lieutenant Military Intelligence, United States Army, 1944-1948.


Married Elizabeth Philbey, September 4, 1970. Children: Judith A., Andrew E., Edward A.