William D. Gould

Passed away on August 6, 2018

William David Gould, 79, of Los Angeles passed away peacefully on August 6th at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center surrounded by his loving family. He died of complications due to Multiple Myeloma.

Bill was born on November 21,1938 in Los Angeles to Mary Elizabeth Balzer and David Gould, who met while attending University of California at Los Angeles. He attended Transfiguration Grammar School, Loyola High School, Loyola University (Class of 1960), and UCLA Law School (1963), where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the UCLA Law Review and graduated first in his class.

He worked as an associate at O’Melveny & Myers from 1963-1986, and made partner in 1970. He later joined Joseph Troy in creating the boutique law firm TroyGould in Century City, where he concentrated on corporate law. Bill made substantial contributions to the legal community by teaching and mentoring lawyers, publishing numerous legal articles, and serving on boards of legal organizations, including as Chairman of the L.A. County Bar Association. He also served on public and private corporate boards of directors and on the Board of Regents at Loyola Marymount University.

Bill was the original “most interesting man in the world.” He was an avid Thoroughbred horse owner and breeder, music aficionado, and a man who lived his faith. Bill gave the fullest measure of himself to everything he did, exuding a tremendous vitality, optimism, and enthusiasm for life. He will be greatly missed by the many people whose lives he touched.

Bill is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary Ann Gould (née Kenney), six children, twelve grandchildren and his sister Suzanne Lehman.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Dr. James Berensen at the Institute for Myeloma and Bone Cancer Research, 9201 W. Sunset Blvd., Suite 300, West Hollywood, CA 90069; Tel:(310) 623-1211;

The funeral services will be held at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 504 N. Roxbury Drive, Beverly Hills on Monday, August 13th at 10am (Rosary will be held on Sunday, August 12th at 7pm at Good Shepherd.) The burial will be private.

Our family would like to give special thanks to the hardworking and dedicated staff at UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center, Intensive Care Unit.


  • Rosary Sunday, August 12, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Monday, August 13, 2018

William D. Gould

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mike bordin

August 13, 2018

Mr. William Gould Sr.= brilliant mind, sharp wit, generous, hardworking, joyous, and caring.
A genuinely great Man who was always willing to share His wit, wisdom, and experience with others.
I am grateful to have known Him, and was enriched by His words of wisdom over the years.
My sincere condolences to the entire Gould Family.
May he Rest In Peace.

Stanley Alvarez

August 11, 2018

I had the enormous pleasure of working for and with Bill Gould or Mr. G as I referred to him for over 20 years. But the most special part of that was that I got to see how beautiful of a human he was. Dedicated, tenacious, kind, loving, fierce...I could go on with all the adjectives that define a complete man. Mr. G did not throw his weight around, the man who built a powerful enterprise walked around like one of us.

To share how special he was, just a few weeks before his passing, he called me after announcing I was leaving the firm to ask me what plans I had for my future. A powerful man whose days were filled with important affairs, and in his last days, wanted to know what this lowly office clerk was planning.

The world was lucky to have him and I was blessed to see him in all his glory.

Maria Erbstoesser

August 11, 2018

Lived next door to Bill and Marianne on Gloaming Drive. babysat their kids and shared so many wonderful times with them memories I still hold dear to my heart. Will miss Bill terrible but I know he will watch and guide us from above.

David Watts

August 10, 2018

I remember Bill with a smile on his face and giving me the feeling that he was really interested in what I had to say. If he enjoyed life as much as he seemed to do so, he had a truly great life.

Arthur Griese

August 9, 2018

I am Bills best friend. We met at Loyola High in 1953. He and I immediately connected, Iwasthecampaign manager for his opponent for sophomore class president. We hit it off, he invited me to meet his mother whom he loved dearly. From that time on, we were best friends. He stood up for me at my wedding. We talked to each other daily. He named a racehorse after me. I loved him very much and I will miss everyday for the rest of my life.