William Rice Elfers ’71, The Daily Princetonian’s undergraduate business manager in 1970 and a longtime alumni trustee, died on Saturday at the age of 71. Elfers chaired the paper’s board from 1993–2004.
Elfers passed away at his home in Marion, Mass., after a long battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), according to an obituary written by his wife, Deborah.
Tom Weber ’89, president of the Board of Trustees of The Daily Princetonian Publishing Co., wrote, “Bill Elfers was a generous friend, colleague and mentor to the students and alumni of The Daily Princetonian for close to half a century.”
“He was a tireless advocate for student journalism and publishing. His leadership was instrumental to the ‘Prince’ overcoming several financial crises over the years and having the resources to transform for the digital age,” Weber wrote. “We will miss him dearly.”
From Boston to Business Manager
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