Former Billboard Chair W.D. Littleford Passes
May 21, 2009 at 11:54 AM (PT)
WILLIAM D. "BILL" LITTLEFORD, former Chairman of BILLBOARD PUBLICATIONS, passed away on THURSDAY, MAY 14th. He was 94 years old.
In 1934, LITTLEFORD joined BILLBOARD MAGAZINE, which was founded by his grandfather WILLIAM H. DONALDSON in 1894. He spent his entire publishing career at BPI, became GM in 1946, President in 1958, Chairman 1976 and Chairman Emeritus in 1985. During his tenure there,, BILLBOARD grew from a single publication to a diversified communication organization.
He is survived by his sister; MARJORIE LITTLEFORD ROSS, his children; ANNE, JOSEPH, MICHAEL and TERRY and three grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on THURSDAY, MAY 28th at CALVARY CHURCH (277 Park Avenue South at 21st Street) in NEW YORK CITY at 10:30am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in BILL's memory to the VIEQUES CONSERVATION & HISTORICAL TRUST, Calle Flamboyan 138, Vieques, PR 00765.