WILLIAM D. DEARSTYNE JR. '62, P'89 received his bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Bucknell University in 1962. Considered one of the finest swimmers in the history of the former Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC), he was the first Bucknell swimmer to compete in the NCAA championship. Twice a co-captain of the Bison swimming team, Dearstyne won the MAC 100 and 200-yard backstroke championships for three straight years. He was the Eastern 100-yard backstroke champion in 1960. That same year he led the Bison to their first-ever MAC championship followed by runner-up finishes in each of the next two seasons. A winner of 30 consecutive 200 backstroke races, Dearstyne also won two MAC titles with the 400 medley relay. By graduation, he held every Bucknell and MAC backstroke record and was Bucknell's most outstanding senior athlete in 1962. He was inducted into Bucknell's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1982.
In addition to his storied swimming career, as an undergraduate he was a member of the fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta and worked on the staff of L'Agenda. Upon graduating as an ROTC commissioned officer, Dearstyne served as a first lieutenant in the United States Army and then went on to earn his master's in business administration from Syracuse University in 1968.
After an early stint with the Gillette Company, Dearstyne spent the majority of his career in international executive positions with Johnson & Johnson, retiring in 2003 as Company Group Chairman responsible for the medical device business in the Asia/Pacific region. Earlier in his business life he led the company to significant growth in Central and Eastern Europe and served as General Manager of Johnson & Johnson Singapore, Managing Director of Johnson & Johnson Malaysia, and Vice President of Johnson & Johnson International.
In the 50 years since graduation, and in spite of a demanding career that took him far away from Lewisburg, Dearstyne has been a loyal supporter of the University and its swimming program, helping to establish the Robert A. Latour Swimming and Diving Endowment in 2002. He has served as a member of both the Bison Club and Alumni Association Boards and has assisted and led the way in capital giving through the years. Since 1991 he has served as a member of the Board of Trustees, having first been appointed as alumni trustee, and then re-elected as a regular trustee in 1997. The recently unveiled "Leadership Wall," located in the main lobby of the Kenneth Langone Athletics and Recreation Center and a touch-point for the University's Bucknell Bison Leadership Academy was made possible through a gift from Dearstyne and his wife.
He is a Director Emeritus of the EastWest Institute, a non-profit, global action-oriented think tank focused on confronting critical challenges that endanger peace. He is also a member of the board of directors of a number of European and U.S. healthcare companies.
He and his wife Elizabeth ("Tockey") Dearstyne reside in Bregenz, Austria and are the parents of Katharine ("Kate") Bell Dearstyne '89 and Elizabeth Dearstyne Geletka. They have four grandchildren: Will Geletka (age 11), Jack Geletka (age 6), Oskar Sheets (age 6) and Sebastian Sheets (age 3).
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