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Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Thomas W. Wilson, Jr., 83

Thomas Wayne Wilson, Jr. of Westport and Center Harbor, N.H. died March 9 of heart failure. He was 83.

Born Dec 27, 1931 in Des Moines, Iowa, he moved to Scarsdale, N.Y. with his parents as a teenager. He graduated from Scarsdale High School in 1949. He earned a B.A. from Dartmouth College in1953 and then fulfilled his NROTC requirement serving as a Lt J.G. in the U.S. Navy on the USS Cambria. He subsequently earned an MBA from Wharton Business School in 1958.

He began his distinguished work career in brand management at Procter & Gamble where he worked for eight years. From there he was recruited by McKinsey & Co. in New York City where he worked from 1966 to 1990 and led the firm’s consumer goods industry practice group for most of that time.

During 1970-75, he directed McKinsey’s work with the U.S. grocery industry’s Ad Hoc Committee to develop the Uniform Product Code (UPC or bar code), which has become the well-known standard in information tracking and management of packaged goods, and with the European group that adopted a compatible version as the EAN code.

He continued to act as an advisor to the UCC board for the next 15 years and was a founding member of the VICS Committee that developed the general merchandise standards for UPC usage.

He was widely recognized as an authority in the field of consumer package goods marketing and spoke regularly at major industry forums.

Following his retirement from McKinsey, he served as a corporate director for Fresh Fields Markets, Information Resources Inc., where he was chairman for five years and an interim CEO, and several other technology companies.

An avid gardener whose flowers and vegetables were admired annually, a passionate sailor who raced one-designs from boyhood on, and an accomplished cook featured in Forbes Magazine for his homemade sausages, he was respected for his intellect and his mentorship by all who came to him for advice.

He is survived by many loyal and devoted friends, his brother, Charles Wilson, his daughters, Nell Reynolds and Gwen Miller, and grandchildren Andrew and Max Miller and Peter, Andrea and Emma Reynolds

A funeral service will take place Saturday, May 2 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Cedar Point Yacht Club in Westport.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Tom Wilson’s memory may be made to:Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, c/o Janet Robertson, PO Box 173, 23 Science Center Road, Holderness, NH 03245; Junior Sailing Association of Long Island Sound, PO Box 212, Larchmont NY 10538. Credit card :Use donation form at http://bit.ly/JSALIScontribute.

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