Obituary: William Lee Hanley Jr., Chairman of The King's College Board
William Lee Hanley Jr. of Palm Beach, philanthropist and former Vice Chairman of the Landmarks Preservation Commission, died Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, in Greenwich, Conn. He was 76. Mr. Hanley, known as Lee, was born in New York City. He attended Aiken Prep in Aiken, S.C., followed by St. Paul’s School in Concord, N.H. In 1964, he earned a bachelor of arts degree in economics from Yale University.
Mr. Hanley’s grandfather founded The Hanley Brick Co. in 1893, which utilized a patented kiln process to produce hard brick. To supply fuel for brick manufacturing, the family also formed an oil and gas company, Hanley & Byrd in Bradford, Pa. Later known as Hanley Petroleum Inc., it was to expand its acquisition, exploration and development of properties in the ensuing years, eventually to the Permian Basin in West Texas in the early 1950s.
Mr. Hanley went to work for the family business, and ultimately would become chairman and CEO. The brick company was sold in 1986 by Mr. Hanley to Glen-Gery.
In 2015, Mr. Hanley was inducted into the Petroleum Hall of Fame of The Petroleum Museum in Midland, Texas.
Highlights of Mr. Hanley’s directorships and philanthropic activities include: director and ultimately chairman of the board of Greenwich Hospital; director and ultimately chairman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in Washington D.C.; honorary life trustee, Greenwich Academy; founder and chairman of the Yankee Institute for Public Policy Studies in Connecticut; trustee of both the Boys’ Club of New York and the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich; chapter chairman, Metro NY YPO; trustee, the International Center for the Disabled in New York City; member, the National Petroleum Council; director, Regnery Gateway Inc., D.C.; director, Eagle Publishing, D.C.; director,
This obituary originally appeared in the Palm Beach Daily News on Friday, November 11, 2016.