William Joseph Agee

William Joseph Agee


William Joseph (Bill) Agee, 79, a resident of Saint Helena, Calif. passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 20, 2017, following a period of declining health.

Bill was born to Suzanne M. Agee and Harold J. Agee. He studied at Meridian High School, Boise Junior College, Stanford University and the University of Idaho. Subsequently, he earned his MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School. In 1979, Bill was featured in Time magazine cover story titled, “Faces of the Future” and was named Finance Magazine’s “Financial Man of the Year” in 1976.

In his thirties, he was described as a wunderkind rising rapidly and serving in the top management of several Fortune 100 Companies. Mr. Agee served as CEO of two Fortune 100 companies, Bendix and Morrison Knudsen. He served on the boards of Fortune 500 companies including Equitable Life, Dow Jones, Bendix and Morrison Knudsen. In retirement, Bill was a business consultant, venture capitalist and chairman of the Agee Family charitable foundation.

Bill was a man of strong faith and was a devoted husband and father. He coached his children’s sports teams, assisted in home schooling during their grade school years and found his greatest joy in his 35-year marriage to best friend, Mary. He loved watching sports and cheering on his favorite teams, and entertaining friends at the Agee home in Napa Valley. His many friends and family will remember him for his sense of humor, storytelling and infectious laugh.

He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Mary Cunningham Agee, their two children, William Nolan Agee and Mary Alana Kurz and grandson, Braden Kurz. He is survived by children from his first marriage, Robert William Agee, Suzanne Agee-Cain and Kathryn Gillis and their children. He is also survived by siblings Carolyn Hjort and Jacqueline Agee.

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A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Saint Helena Catholic Church at a date to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to two charities close to William’s heart: Collabria Care of Napa Valley and St. Helena Catholic School. Collabria Care is a life-affirming hospice program for whom he and his wife, Mary, served as Honorary Co-Chairs in 2014. Donations can be sent to Collabria at 414 S Jefferson St, Napa, CA 94559. St. Helena Catholic School, a school that provides quality education to the children of the St. Helena area. Donations can be sent to 1255 Oak Avenue, St. Helena, CA. 94574.

The family wishes to express special thanks to the medical professionals, friends and advisors who served Bill so well over the years.

In describing her husband, Mary Cunningham Agee shared this tribute: “Beloved husband, loving father, family man and my best friend, Bill went Home knowing he was loved unconditionally by everyone who was blessed to be part of his remarkable life. He passed away peacefully in the arms of his son, Will. All who had the blessing of being with him during his final hours will be forever moved by his courage and faith.”


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