William Sword Jr., Managing Director of the Princeton, New Jersey-based investment bank founded by his father, was struck and killed on Octoober 29th by a tree toppled by the storm that swept across the Northeast. He was 61.
Bloomberg reports that Princeton Township police found him trapped under the tree, 'which had fallen on him as he cleared storm debris from his driveway', according to a police report. He was pronounced dead at the scene following life-saving efforts by Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad.
Sword was head of Wm Sword & Co. since 1981. He joined the firm in 1976 after graduating from Princeton University.
His father, William Sword, who died in 2005, helped start Morgan Stanley (MS)’s mergers and acquisitions department as managing director in the 1970s. He left Morgan Stanley in 1976 to form his namesake firm.
According to the company’s website, Wm Sword’s projects included developing a private-equity investment program for Capital Cities Capital, a subsidiary of Capital Cities/ABC Inc., now part of the Walt Disney Co. (DIS); advising Thomson Corp. in the sale of Thomson Financial Treasury Solutions to the ABS Group in 2001; and raising funds for Aquiline Capital Partners LLC, a private-equity firm founded by Jeffrey Greenberg after he left Marsh & McLennan Cos.
Miller died after being struck by a tree that fell outside his Lloyd Harbor, New York, home on October 29th, according to a statement e-mailed today by Steve Corwen. He is survived by his wife, Linda, and two daughters, Reilly and Kelsey, the firm said.