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Laurier mourns the passing of alumnus Bill Ballard

Bill Ballard (BA '69), a Laurier alumnus, businessman and philanthropist, passed away March 13, 2014. He was 67. An engaged student leader, Ballard was an exemplary businessman who remained a dedicated and active Laurier alumnus.

Of his time at Laurier, Ballard often said that he learned as much on the football field or as president of the Students’ Union as he did in lecture halls. His generosity, fun-loving spirit and solid determination were first evidenced as an actively engaged Golden Hawk. As president of the Students’ Union and a letterman’s jacket holder he convinced the Board of Governors to build a university athletic facility on the corner of King and University Streets. Following his graduation, he remained an integral member of the Laurier community for more than 40 years.

Though many have tracked Ballard’s professional achievements and successes since graduating from the then Waterloo Lutheran University, he was more than the sum of his professional acumen. Ballard was a true community builder and philanthropist. At Laurier, he supported the building of a new football field, the renewal of the Waterloo Campus Athletic Complex, and the establishment of a Varsity Football Scholarship. As part of Laurier’s centennial year, Ballard was recognized as one of 100 Alumni of Achievement for his work while both a student and since graduation.

Within Canada, Ballard’s legacy is seen in the establishment of Canada’s Walk of Fame, a not-for-profit he co-founded in 1998 as “a permanent place of tribute and recognition for Canadian achievement.”

Ballard’s preference was to work in partnership, quietly and behind the scenes. His life exemplified Laurier’s vision of inspiring lives of leadership and purpose. He will be missed by all who knew him.

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March 17, 2014

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