BRUNSWICK — William T. Knowles, 82, died Tuesday September 12, 2017 at Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick. He was born January 24, 1935 in Orange, NJ to Alan Cornell and Elinor (Townsend) Knowles. Raised in New Jersey living initially in Essex Fells. Mr. Knowles graduated from Grover Cleveland High School and in 1957 he graduated from Colgate University, where he later served as a Trustee. On August 25, 1958 he married Elizabeth Lunt. His career was in commercial banking in New York City, with Bankers Trust Company for twenty years and later as Chairman and CEO of National Westminster Bankcorp. He and his wife retired to Harpswell, ME in 1993.

Mr. Knowles was involved in a variety of community activities. In Montclair, NJ, where he lived for 34 years he served on the Zoning Board of Adjustment and as a director of the American Red Cross chapter, Mountainside

Hospital and the Mount Hebron Cemetery Association. He was active in the Union Congregational Church chairing the rebuilding committee and two ministerial search committees. In New York he was chairman of The Regional Plan Association, on the boards of Carnegie Hall, United Way and Mutual of America Life Insurance Company. In retirement he was active at First Parish Church in Brunswick and a board member of Bangor Theological Seminary, the Humanities Council and Maine Center for Economic Policy.

A memorial service will be held 1pm Friday September 22, 2017 at First Parish Church in Brunswick. Those who wish may leave a note of condolence for the family at Memorial contributions may be sent to First Parish Church, 9 Cleaveland St., Brunswick, ME 04011 or to Colgate University, Hamilton, NY 13346.