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William T. Gaus, Arts ’51, Law ’54

Several non-profit organizations in southeast Wisconsin have been touched by William T. Gaus, a retired senior vice president of the Marshall & Ilsley Trust Company in Milwaukee. Bill, who worked for M&I for 47 years, has devoted his time to directing funds to make peoples’ lives better.

“I enjoy working with non-profit organizations and assisting in directing and making grants to worthwhile causes,” says Bill. “I do it because it gives me the opportunity to meet with people from every aspect of life and try to meet their needs.”

Since the late 1940s, Marquette University has also benefited from Bill’s devotion. He has served Marquette as a member of the Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity; Crown and Anchor Literary Society; Law School Reunion Committee; Campaign for Marquette; President’s Executive Senate; and adviser emeritus of the Gift and Estate Planning Advisory Committee.

Bill currently serves as president of the Albert J. and Flora H. Ellinger Foundation; trustee of the Evan and Marion Helfaer Foundation; director of the Mary Martha and Emmett J. Doerr Charitable Trust; and a director of the Columbia St. Mary’s Health System.

He is former vice president of the Walter Schroeder Foundation and has served on numerous boards and councils of non-profit organizations, including the Milwaukee Catholic Home, the United Performing Arts Fund, and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, to name just a very few. Neighborhood House, an inner city non-profit organization, presented Bill with their Man of the Year Award.

Bill, who now spends time between his homes in Mequon, Wis., and Florida with his wife, Nancy, says that his personal formula for success includes “having the good fortune to be born to a caring mother and father, and marrying a wonderful girl who is forgiving, a superb entertainer, and who raised our three children to become good Catholics and good parents.”

Bill also credits Reynold C. Seitz, former dean of the Marquette Law School, for telling him about an opening in the Marshall & Ilsley Bank’s trust department in 1954.

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