In Memory: William B. Ruger Jr.

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posted on November 17, 2018
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Sturm, Ruger & Co. mourns the death of William B. Ruger Jr.—the former chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Ruger, the company’s second CEO and son of the company’s founder—who passed away in September.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Bill, who was integral to the foundation and early success of this company,” said Chris Killoy, president and CEO of Ruger. “Bill’s 42 years of loyal service to the company has had a lasting impact that is still felt today. We will sincerely miss him, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

Mr. Ruger joined the company in 1964 and worked in a variety of manufacturing and engineering positions. In 1970, he became a member of the company’s board of directors. The following year, he was named vice president of manufacturing of the Southport Firearms Division. Just a few years later Mr. Ruger was promoted to senior vice president of manufacturing and, in 1991, was named company president. He became vice chairman of the board and senior executive officer in 1995, and reassumed the duties of president and chief operating officer in 1998. He became chairman and CEO upon William B. Ruger Sr.’s retirement in 2000 then officially retired from the company in February 2006.

William B. Ruger Jr. was born in 1939  in Greensboro, N.C. He was graduated from Harvard College in 1961, where he studied engineering and applied physics. Before joining Ruger, he worked for the Kel Corporation of Belmont, Mass., as an electronics engineer.

William B. Ruger Jr. was a member of the Executive Committee of the Sporting Arms & Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute and various other trade associations, a trustee of St. Paul’s School in Concord, N.H., and a trustee of the Buffalo Bill Memorial Association of Cody, Wyo.

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