William Louis ‘Bill’ Rueger, 75, former BOV vice rector at ODU

William Louis 'Bill' Rueger
William Louis ‘Bill’ Rueger

William Louis “Bill” Rueger, 75, died peacefully Saturday, July 20, 2019, after a long and courageous battle with frontal lobe dementia.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alice Brown Rueger and William Rueger III.

He leaves behind his longtime and devoted partner, Nancy Louise Grden; brother, Thomas Vaughan Rueger, and his wife, Molly; nephew, Thomas Vaughan Rueger Jr., and his wife, Christin; and niece, Kathryn Rueger Scholten, and her husband, Jay, together with their children, Scarlett, Harper and Vaughan Rueger and Molly and Cliff Scholten.

Bill was born Aug. 20, 1943, in New London, Connecticut. He was a proud and enthusiastic resident of Virginia Beach for seven decades. Bill graduated from Randolph-Macon College in 1965 and went to work at Virginia National Bank, now Bank of America, to begin what became a highly successful and distinguished banking career. He held a variety of executive roles to include senior banking executive for the Hampton Roads region.

Bill was a continuous supporter, advocate and leader in Hampton Roads. Civic involvement was very important to him, and he made lasting contributions to many organizations, including the board of visitors for Old Dominion University (vice rector), and board of trustees member for Old Dominion University Real Estate Foundation, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Virginia Stage Company and The General Douglas MacArthur Foundation. His counsel was widely sought, and he served as a mentor and role model for many, both young and old.

Bill loved the outdoors and particularly the beach. He enjoyed duck hunting and delighted in telling stories about hunting at Jolly’s Pond in Williamsburg with his father, brother and close friends. He was an avid fisherman, and spent time on the water. A proficient golfer, Bill played regularly and enjoyed the game as well as the camaraderie.

A defining trait for Bill was that he never met a stranger; he was equally engaging and entertaining with new acquaintances and longtime friends. His infectious and unrestrained laughter lit up any room. He will be sorely missed.

Bill’s love of people never left him, and we thank the truly dedicated and caring staff at Harbor’s Edge, Interim Hospice and CareFamily/Seniorcorp, not only for their professional support, but also for their unwavering personal engagement with him along the way.

A funeral service will be held at  11 a.m., Thursday, July 25, at Galilee Church. Burial will take place in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial remembrances be made to The William L. Rueger Scholarship Fund at Randolph-Macon College, P.O. Box 5005, Ashland, VA 23005.

Share online condolences with the family at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts.

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