William M. Guttman
July 13, 2012
The Palm Beach Civic Association acknowledges with deep appreciation the exceptional life and service of our Chairman Emeritus William M. Guttman who passed away today in New York City.
We are very sad to lose Bill. He was a respected community leader and our friend. We will always be grateful for his positive contribution to the Town of Palm Beach.
Bill loved Palm Beach. He served the Civic Association as Co-Chairman and CEO from 1997-2005. During that time, he brought his keen intellect, his dedication and his drive to bear on countless community issues.
Bill also served on the board of directors of the Citizens’ Association of Palm Beach, and the board of the Graham-Eckes Palm Beach Academy Foundation. He was a member of the Town of Palm Beach Charter Review Commission 1997-99 and the Palm Beach Planning and Zoning Commission 2006-2009, two years as chairman.
In 2005 Bill received the Anti-Defamation League’s Distinguished Community Service Award for promoting harmony and understanding in Palm Beach, and in 2006 the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce’s Pride of Palm Beach Award.
Bill was general counsel and a senior executive of Time Inc., responsible for all domestic and international legal affairs of Time and its worldwide divisions and subsidiaries. He left in 1991, after spearheading the Time and Warner Communications merger.
During his career, Bill served as an adjunct professor at Pace University Law School and Columbia University Business School and was a member of the Council of the Rand Corporation and the board of governors of the Shepard Broad Law Center of Nova Southeastern University. He also served on many distinguished academic and professional committees, including the Business Roundtable's legal committee. He received both his undergraduate and law degrees from Columbia with honors.
We extend our deepest sympathies to his wife, Susan, his children, and grandchildren.