VU trustee William W. Featheringill dies at 70

Vanderbilt University Board of Trust member William W. Featheringill died on Sunday, the school announced Tuesday. He was 70.

Featheringill (pictured) was an alumnus and entrepreneur who co-founded Private Capital Corp., a private investment firm. He graduated from the VU School of Engineering in 1964.

“Bill’s business knowledge, entrepreneurial vision and love of Vanderbilt provided guidance and a valuable voice on the Board of Trust,” Vanderbilt Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos said in a release. “He could look at a problem and see an opportunity — and then find a way to make that opportunity happen for the good of the university.”

Featheringill had served on the VU Board of Trust since 1998 and was a member of its executive committee from 2001-07. A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Thursday at Independent Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Ala. Visitation will begin at noon.