When William Vernon Platt was born on December 7, 1915, in New York City, New York, his father, Edwin, was 30 and his mother, Agnes, was 29. He had four brothers and two sisters. He died on May 24, 1995, in Palm Beach, Florida, at the age of 79. In Rye his family lived at 135 Grandview Ave. William served as an officer in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
William Vernon Platt
William Vernon Platt served as a gunnery officer on destroyers and saw action in battles in the Pacific. He was discharged as a lieutenant commander.
William Vernon Platt, an international insurance-brokerage executive, died last Wednesday at Jupiter Island Hospital in Hobe Sound, Fla. He was 79.
A former resident of Rye, N.Y., he lived in Hobe Sound and Siaconset, Mass.
He suffered a brief illness, his family reported.
Mr. Platt retired in 1975 as president of Marsh & McLennan International, worldwide insurance brokers. But he remained a consultant to its Manhattan-based corporate parent, the Marsh & McLennan Companies, into the late 1980's.
He grew up in Rye, where his father, Livingston Platt, served as Mayor. He was a fourth-generation Yale University graduate. One of those preceding him at Yale was his great-grandfather, Thomas Collier Platt, who was a United States Senator from New York.
He was a football star at both Phillips-Andover Academy and Yale.
In World War II, he served as a gunnery officer on destroyers and saw action in battles in the Pacific. He was discharged as a lieutenant commander.
Mr. Platt's wife of 55 years, Yvette Beardsley Platt, died a year ago. He is survived by three daughters, Laurie Shnayerson of Manhattan, Hilary Cole of Hamilton, Mass., and Leslie Huntington of Lyman, N.H.; a brother, Peter, of Essex, Conn.; a sister, Priscilla Hooke of Rochester, and seven grandchildren.