William S. Sadler, Jr.

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Early Life

William Samuel Sadler, Jr. was born in LaGrange, Illinois, on December 15, 1907, to Drs. William S. And [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lena_Celestia_Kellogg Lena K. Sadler. The first five years of his life were spent in LaGrange. The family then moved to Highland Park. With their growing practice they found commuting difficult and, therefore, moved to Chicago. Their first home in Chicago was on Lincoln Park West, near Francis Parker School, which Bill attended from Kindergarten through high school. He was graduated at the age of fifteen. The following year he enrolled in Northwestern University, where he joined Beta Theta Phi fraternity.


Finding himself out of step with the older students at the University, he decided to join the United States Marine Corps. He took his basic training at Parris Island. He was stationed at Quantico, Virginia as well at San Diego.

He served in Haiti and the second Nicaraguan campaigns. Bill was very proud of his Marine service. On his return home at the end of his Marine service he went to work for the National Bank Examiners and that fall enrolled in the University of Chicago with the intention of taking a premedical course, continuing to work Saturdays and summers for the National Bank Examiners, where he obtained some knowledge of the banking business. These were depression days and times were difficult, but Bill was fortunate to be elected Assistant Cashier of the District National Bank of Chicago, which was organized in about 1933. He remained with the District National Bank for approximately 3 years. In 1935 Bill was married. Finding the salary from a banking position inadequate for his marriage status, Bill obtained a position with Standard Oil Company of Indiana. He was connected with the Comptroller's office and acted as investment custodian for their pension fund. After several years in this position, he became a personnel advisor for a firm of consulting engineers, where he worked for two years prior to establishing his own business, Sadler and Associates, this in 1947. He continued as the head of this firm for the remainder of his life and when he died he was President of Sadler and Associates, Inc. The firm continues in operation.

Religious Life

From early childhood Bill. received his religious training at home. He was a natural-born teacher, and when the Urantia Papers appeared, Bill became one of the leading exponents of the Urantia teachings. With his father, he was the teacher of the first groups organized for the systematic study of the Urantia Book. He was one of the original Trustees and Vice President of the Urantia Foundation and one of the founders and the first President of the Urantia Brotherhood, and was one of its field representatives. He was of invaluable assistance in launching the Urantia movement. There was never a diminution of his interest. In 1960 he organized and became President of the Second Urantia Society of Chicago.

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