William W. Featheringill ’69
December 9, 2012
William W. Featheringill ’69 was a leading entrepreneur in the health care and biotechnology fields. He passed away on December 9, 2012, at the age of 70.
Featheringill graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1964 with a degree in engineering. He was president of the student government at the university, as well as a member of the Vanderbilt football team. After two years of service in the U.S. Navy, he began studies at both Columbia Law School and Columbia Business School, earning a J.D. in 1969 and an M.B.A. in 1970.
Featheringill returned to his hometown of Birmingham, Ala. after graduation and began working in the health care field. He co-founded Private Capital Corporation, an investment company, in 1973. Through Private Capital, Featheringill financed and ran several successful businesses during the next few decades, including the HMO Complete Health Services, which merged with United HealthCare in 1994, and the MACESS Corporation, an imaging company that converted medical forms into electronic data. Complete Health Services was named the most outstanding venture-backed company in Birmingham in 1990.
Among Featheringill’s many distinctions and honors, he was named “Investor of the Year” by the Birmingham Venture Club and received the Enterprise Integration Award from CIO magazine. In 2000, Featheringill was inducted into the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering’s Academy of Distinguished Alumni.
Featheringill was also a member of the “Birthday Boys,” a group of friends born in 1942 who have celebrated their birthdays together every five years since 1992.
Featheringill is survived by his wife, Carolyn; his daughter, Elizabeth Pharo, and her husband, Andrew Pharo; and three grandchildren.