William H. Chisholm was born in New York City on April 24, 1917, the son of Oxford Paper Co. executive Hugh J. Chisholm and Sara (Hardenbergh) Chisholm. He graduated from the Aiken Preparatory School of Aiken, South Carolina in 1931 and St. Paul’s School of Concord, N.H. in 1936. In 1940, he graduated from Yale University with a B.A. Degree.
Chisholm joined Oxford Paper Company in 1940, leaving to serve in the U.S. Navy during World War II, 1942-1945, where he achieved the rank of Lieutenant. He served in various capacities with Oxford Paper following the war, eventually being elected to President in 1956.
Chisholm served as a member, officer, and director of several paper trade associations and industrial corporations. After serving as trustee of the University of Maine and director of the University of Maine Pulp and Paper Foundation, he served as President of the Foundation from 1967-1970 and as Chair of the Board of Directors. He died on April 18, 2001 at the age of 83.
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Chemical engineering, Pulp science, Paper manufacturing