City of Stamford Citizen of the Year 

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Bill McGirr

On his 17th birthday Bill enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, assigned to the First Battalion at Fort Schuyler in New York. He served a five-year tour and was honorably discharged in 1952 as a buck sergeant from the 2nd Marine Division. Utilizing the GI Bill, he then enrolled in night school at Fordham University. Through a combination of nights, Saturdays and summers, he received his B.A. in four years.

Bill has had a prestigious career in domestic and international business, including vice president corporate marketing, division president and general manager for General Foods and Nestle Co. He and his family of six lived abroad and returned to the States 30+ years ago to Stamford.

For the last 15 years, Bill has been a realtor here. He serves as a director of the Stamford Board of Realtors and is a member of the Legislative & Political Affairs Committee of the Connecticut Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors.

Bill is dedicated to helping veterans and has made multiple trips to support our Wounded Warriors in Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Bethesda Naval Hospital. He has raised funds to support these veterans and to send care packages to Iraq and Afghanistan. He is a past commander of the United States Sail and Power Squadron and an active member of Stamford's Lock City Detachment Marine Corps League.

2012