If anyone possessed the knowledge to live life to the fullest, it was Bill Gould. He was born in Watertown, N.Y., the youngest by many years of the three children of Leslie and Hazel Gould. He attained his B.A. from Williams College and served two years in the U.S. Army. In 1965, he earned his M.B.A. (with Distinction) from Harvard Business School.
In 1958, Bill married Smith College graduate, Sharon Lynn Abley, of Grand Forks, N.D. In 1959 and 1962, respectively, they had two sons, Bill Jr. and John. Meanwhile, Bill worked for the Carborundum Company and Reichhold Chemicals, on the banks of Lake Ontario. Further offshore, he crewed on the champion eight-meter sailing team of the Norseman.