W. Hendricks, PHH officer, war veteran

June 18, 1994|By DeWitt Bliss | DeWitt Bliss,Sun Staff Writer

William B. Hendricks, retired vice chairman of the board and general counsel and secretary of the PHH Corp., died Wednesday of cancer at his home in Rockland. He was 73.

He retired in 1983, 30 years after he joined the company that provides vehicle fleet, mortgage banking and executive relocation services primarily to businesses.

He became secretary of PHH in 1957, vice president in 1958 and senior vice president in 1967. He was elected to the board in 1971 and was named vice chairman in 1976.

Before joining PHH, he had worked for the Better Business Bureau.

Throughout his career Mr. Hendricks "played a key role in the growth and development of PHH," said Robert D. Kunisch, chairman and chief operating officer. "His unique insights and his logical clear thinking enabled him to provide valuable perspective to the senior management of the company."

A native of Baltimore and a graduate of the Polytechnic Institute and the University of Baltimore law school, Mr. Hendricks served in the Army Air Forces as a navigator during World War II, attaining the rank of captain.

He was a member of the Hillendale Country Club and a supporter of conservation and charitable groups.

Services were set for 11 a.m. today at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

Mr. Hendricks is survived by his wife, the former Doris Trapp; a son, Douglas W. Hendricks of Timonium; a daughter, Joan H. Serio of Kingsville; and three grandchildren.

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