William O. Lenihan, Sr., 79, of Delray Beach, FL and formerly of New Canaan, CT died peacefully on October 12, 2012 at Norwalk Hospital, surrounded by his children and grandchildren. He was born on March 24, 1933 to Denis and Della Lenihan, in New York City, and grew up in the Inwood section of Manhattan.
Mr. Lenihan graduated from Power Memorial Academy at the age of 16 and earned his B.B.A. from Manhattan College in 1953. He subsequently earned four more degrees, including an LLB, LLM and JD from Georgetown University Law School, where he was on Law Review, and an MS from Pace University. He was admitted to the bars to practice law before the court in New York State, the District of Columbia, U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, and the U. S. Supreme Court. After serving a clerkship with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Mr. Lenihan served 23 years as Senior Vice President, Vice President, General Counsel, Treasurer or Controller at Grolier, Pfizer, Stauffer Chemical and Citicorp before starting his private law practice. He also served as a judge and lectured internationally.