William H. T. Bush, a wealthy investor and the brother and uncle of presidents, died on Wednesday February 28 2018 in West Palm Beach, Fla. He was 79. Mr. Bush wa a co-founder, Director and shareholder of Bush O’Donnell & Co., Inc., and served as its Chairman and as a Principal of Bush O’Donnell Smith Capital Services.
Mr. Bush was born in Greenwich, Connecticut and holds a BA (1960) from Yale University.
Prior to forming Bush O’Donnell & Co., Inc. Mr Bush was President and Director of Boatmens National Bank (1978-1986), a commercial bank then headquartered in St. Louis. Prior to that he was Executive Vice President of the Hartford National Bank and Trust Company in Hartford, Connecticut where he had spent 16 years in various capacities within both the commercial and international divisions.
Mr. Bush founded the firm with Mr. O'Donnell in 1988. In addition to Bush O'Donnell, Mr. Bush is a member of the board of WellPoint, Inc. of Indianapolis, Maritz, Inc. of St. Louis, and the Lord Abbett Family of Mutual Funds in Jersey City, NJ. He has been active in many civic boards. He was Chairman of the Board of St. Louis University (1985-92), The Missouri Botanical gardens (1991-93) and the Municipal Opera Association (The MUNY) in 2005 and 2006, and served several other organizations as trustee. An active Republican he has held various posts in the State party and Chairman of Presidential campaigns in the state in 2000 and 2005.
In 1984-91 Mr. Bush was Chairman of the Saint Louis University Board of Trustees, where he taught courses in the MBA program and he is currently an emeritus trustee. From 1996 - 1998 he was Finance Chairman of the Missouri Republican Party and was also a surrogate for his brother, former President George Bush, during the 1988 and 1992 political campaigns. He is a former trustee of The Repertory Theater of St. Louis, the St. Louis Zoo, the Arthritis Foundation, the St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America and the St. Louis Symphony.
Known as Bucky, Mr. Bush was the brother of President George H. W. Bush, the uncle of President George W. Bush and the youngest son of Sen. Prescott S. Bush of Connecticut, all Republicans. He married Patricia Lee Redfearn while a junior at Yale and had two children with her. She died at 77 in 2015.