Ketcham, William Tredwell Jr.

Ketcham, William Tredwell Jr.,

Died at home in Lawrence, Long Island, on July 18, 2006 after a long illness. He was 86. Born on August 6th, 1919, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. William T. Ketcham. He attended the Lawrence School, the Hill School, and Yale, class of '41. During World War II he served for five years in the United States Marine Corps and as company commander of Company One, Third Battalion, in the 24th Regiment, he won the Navy Cross for heroism leading his men off the beach at Iwo Jima with complete disregard for his own safety and in spite of serious wounds. After the War Treddy attended Yale Law School, joined the foreign service and spent several years in London as the special assistant to the chairman of NATO. Returning to New York he joined the firm of Davis, Polk and Wardwell and was then hired as special counsel at IBM, where he worked until his retirement in 1984.

An outstanding athlete, Treddy won dozens of national and club championships in squash and tennis, was a past president of the United States Squash Racquets Association and a longtime director of the International Lawn Tennis Club. His many other board memberships included the St. Nicholas Society (of which he was a past President), the Riot Relief Fund, and the Society of Colonial Wars of New York State.

A man of exceptional good cheer, Treddy was the quintessential club man, the longest serving president of the Rockaway Hunting Club, longtime vice-president of The Brook, a director of the International Lawn Tennis Club and the Jesters, and a member of the Racquet and Tennis Club, the Lawrence Beach Club, the Cedarhurst Yacht Club, and the Saratoga Reading Rooms.

He was predeceased by his brother and sister-in-law, James B. and Ira Ketcham, and his niece, Laurie Ketcham, earlier this year. He is survived by his nieces, Susan Coffin, Brucie Donahue, and nephew, George B. Ketcham. A memorial service will be held at Trinity-St. John church in Hewlett, New York on Friday, July 21st at 11 AM.


In Memoriam

William T. Ketcham

It is with great sadness that we report the death on July 18, 2006 of William T. (“Treddy”) Ketcham. Treddy was a valued member of the IC Board for many years, and a Vice President for several years before his retirement from the board in 2004.

As a member of our Board and officer, Treddy was revered as a wise counselor and cheerful, unifying spirit, exhibiting in particular great insight into the minds and motivations of people with whom the organization had dealings.

In his long life, Treddy had a distinguished career. Born on August 6, 1919, he was educated at the Hill School and Yale. During World War II, he served for 5 years in the United States Marine Corps. As company commander of Company One, Third Battalion of the 24th Regiment, he won the Navy Cross for heroism leading his men off the beach at Iwo Jima “with complete disregard for his own safety” and in spite of serious wounds. After the War, he attended and graduated from Yale Law School, joined the Foreign Service and spent several years in London as the special assistant to the Chairman of NATO. He then returned to New York, first joining the firm of Davis, Polk and then becoming a special counsel at IBM until retirement in 1984.

An outstanding athlete, Treddy won many championships in squash and tennis. In addition to his service with the IC, he was active in the squash world, including being president of the United States Squash Racquets Association and on the Board of the Jesters.

Truly, Treddy Ketcham was an adornment to the world of racquets and a cherished friend to all who knew him – he will be sorely missed!