Mr. Friedlander was born in Cincinnati in 1932. His great-grandfather emigrated from Germany to Cincinnati in the 1850s; his grandfather was dean of the medical school at the University of Cincinnati.
Mr. Friedlander graduated from Amherst College in 1954. He served two years in the US Army and spent one year at the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration in Boston.
He met his future wife at Walnut Hills High School. They married in 1955 and raised their family in Wyoming. Among his many civic contributions, Mr. Friedlander served on the Wyoming School Board from 1967 to 1975, and was its president his final year.
In 1957, Mr. Friedlander joined Bartlett, one of Cincinnati's most esteemed corporate names, which has helped manage the money of many of the city's first families since 1898.
Alfred Friedlander, William Friedlander's father, started at the firm in 1927 and became managing partner in 1929. The elder Friedlander helped to steer the firm through the crash of '29 and the Great Depression.
Mr. Friedlander became managing partner in 1967. During his 22 years as chairman, the company became Cincinnati's largest money-management firm.
Mr. Friedlander stepped down as Bartlett's CEO in 1989 and served as chairman until 2007, when he became chairman emeritus. He remained on the firm's strategic allocation committee until his death.
During his lifetime, Mr. Friedlander was president of the Jewish Hospital, and deeply involved with the Jewish Welfare Fund (now the Jewish Federation). He chaired fund drives for United Way and the Fine Arts Fund (now ArtsWave), and served on boards of the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce, the American Red Cross and others.
Besides his wife, Susan, Mr. Friedlander is survived by three children, Lynne Friedlander, of Naperville, Illinois; David Friedlander, of Longmont, Colorado; and Ellen Friedlander, of Boulder, Colorado; and five grandchildren.more » « less