OBITUARY

William F. Cummings

July 6, 1931April 12, 2018
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Dr. William F. Cummings is an internationally known scholar, consultant, teacher and speaker. His multi-faceted career has taken him across the United States, Europe, and the Far East, and inside the world’s most powerful corporations, as well as its most prestigious universities & hospitals.

Dr. Cummings received his high school education in a California Monastery, and then attended the University of Wisconsin where he earned degrees in philosophy and divinity. At Catholic University in Washington, D.C., he received an STL in Theology and an MA in Semitic Languages, followed by extensive doctoral work in Rome, Italy, where he earned his SSB Re Biblica and his SSL Re Biblica from the Pontificium Institutum.

Upon completion of his formal education, Dr. Cummings held teaching positions at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California, Notre Dame, Indiana, and the Monastery in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, before entering the business world with TWA in New York. From 1967 to 1975 he was Manager of Organizational Development for Bechtel Corporation in San Francisco, and from 1975 to 1986, he was Vice President for Charter Medical Corporation in Macon, Georgia.

Dr. Cummings retired from the corporate world in 1986 and launched his own companies: Cummings Consolidated Corporation, and Cummings Management Consultants. Through them, he leads seminars, designs and conducts strategic planning, recruits executives, lectures on leadership and customer service, teaches and coaches business and academic chairmen, presidents, and managers, and produces weekly leadership articles. His clients have included universities, hospitals, and physician groups throughout the world as well as corporations such as Bechtel, GEICO, TWA, GFB, Quaker Oats, KFC, BB&T Bank, 13 WMAZ TV, and Heiberg of Norway.

Dr. Cummings is a past president of Macon Rotary Club, past chairman of the United Way of Macon, and has served on numerous Boards such as Wesleyan College, the Georgia Bar Disciplinary Board, the Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism, the Georgia Bar’s Fitness Board, the Georgia Industrial Children’s Home, the Macon and the Forsyth Chambers of Commerce, the Macon Volunteer Clinic, & Medical Billing Resources.

He is the author of more than five hundred published articles on Leadership, more than one thousand TV shows on Leadership and the author of “Behind Your Back”. His new book is called “My Daily Dose”, “a prescription for every working symptom with directions included”.

Dr. Cummings is survived by his wife of 50 years, Ann Conkey Cummings of Forsyth; son, William F. Cummings, Jr. (Bernt Heiberg); daughter, Gena Cummings Howell (Mike); grandchildren, Michael Howell and Austin Howell; brother-in-law, Dr. George Austin Conkey.

A casual reception and celebration will be held from 5:00 until 7:00 PM Thursday, April 19, 2018 at the Morgan View Farm, 34 Shi Road, Monroe County. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the donor’s favorite charity.

Visit www.snowsmemorialchapel.com to express tributes. Snow’s Memorial Chapel, Cherry Street, has charge of arrangements.

Services

  • Celebration and Reception Thursday, April 19, 2018
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Denise C. Enderle

April 22, 2018

I first met Bill in Oakland, CA., in 1963. My husband, Ray (d.2010) and Bill had
been classmates and team members re various sports in Wisconsin and
Missouri. We so enjoyed sharing time and memories at several reunions.
I am grateful for so many inspiring phone conversations and our e-mail
exchanges through the years. Bill was a truly exceptional, brilliant person.
My deepest sympathy and best wishes to you, Anne.
Denise C. Enderle
Etiolles, France

Linda Patch

April 16, 2018

It was a true honor to know and have had the opportunity to work with Dr. C. He was such a positive man and such a beacon of hope. I am so saddened by your loss. Please know that your family is in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Tom Cummings

April 16, 2018

Bill was my cousin. We shared many days together, living next door in Ogden, Utah. We managed to stay in touch through the years and I will miss him . My wife Letty and I want to wish Ann and the family all the best as they continue on without one of the most amazing men I have ever known.
Rest In Peace dear cousin.

Jean Wilkes

April 14, 2018

It was my privilege to have been Dr. Cummings Postmaster in Smarr, Ga, where he and his family lived. Although I did not see him daily, I did see him occasionally. One day as I was locking up after closing, Dr. Cummings stopped by to pick up his mail and to talk to me. I always enjoyed speaking with him. He was such an upbeat and learned person, as well as being an all around good guy. He advised me that he was doing a segment on outstanding customer service on WMAZ TV, and that I had been nominated and chosen for "going the extra mile" for my customers. I was elated! The segment was on television the next day, and to say that I was humbled would be an understatement. Dr. Cummings congratulated me for my efforts and gave me a big hug. I will never forget his kindness, generosity, spirituality and ability to brighten up everyone's day. My most sincere sympathy is extended to his family. May our Lord keep you close as you traverse this mournful valley.

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Biography

Dr. William F. Cummings is an internationally known scholar, consultant, teacher and speaker. His multi-faceted career has taken him across the United States, Europe, and the Far East, and inside the world’s most powerful corporations, as well as its most prestigious universities & hospitals.

Dr. Cummings received his high school education in a California Monastery, and then attended the University of Wisconsin where he earned degrees in philosophy and divinity. At Catholic University in Washington, D.C., he received an STL in Theology and an MA in Semitic Languages, followed by extensive doctoral work in Rome, Italy, where he earned his SSB Re Biblica and his SSL Re Biblica from the Pontificium Institutum.

Upon completion of his formal education, Dr. Cummings held teaching positions at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California, Notre Dame, Indiana, and the Monastery in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, before entering the business world with TWA in New York. From 1967 to 1975 he was Manager of Organizational Development for Bechtel Corporation in San Francisco, and from 1975 to 1986, he was Vice President for Charter Medical Corporation in Macon, Georgia.

Dr. Cummings retired from the corporate world in 1986 and launched his own companies: Cummings Consolidated Corporation, and Cummings Management Consultants. Through them, he leads seminars, designs and conducts strategic planning, recruits executives, lectures on leadership and customer service, teaches and coaches business and academic chairmen, presidents, and managers, and produces weekly leadership articles. His clients have included universities, hospitals, and physician groups throughout the world as well as corporations such as Bechtel, GEICO, TWA, GFB, Quaker Oats, KFC, BB&T Bank, 13 WMAZ TV, and Heiberg of Norway.

Dr. Cummings is a past president of Macon Rotary Club, past chairman of the United Way of Macon, and has served on numerous Boards such as Wesleyan College, the Georgia Bar Disciplinary Board, the Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism, the Georgia Bar’s Fitness Board, the Georgia Industrial Children’s Home, the Macon and the Forsyth Chambers of Commerce, the Macon Volunteer Clinic, & Medical Billing Resources.

He is the author of more than five hundred published articles on Leadership, more than one thousand TV shows on Leadership and the author of “Behind Your Back”. His new book is called “My Daily Dose”, “a prescription for every working symptom with directions included”.

Dr. Cummings is survived by his wife of 50 years, Ann Conkey Cummings of Forsyth; son, William F. Cummings, Jr. (Bernt Heiberg); daughter, Gena Cummings Howell (Mike); grandchildren, Michael Howell and Austin Howell; brother-in-law, Dr. George Austin Conkey.

A casual reception and celebration will be held from 5:00 until 7:00 PM Thursday, April 19, 2018 at the Morgan View Farm, 34 Shi Road, Monroe County. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the donor’s favorite charity.

Visit www.snowsmemorialchapel.com to express tributes.
Snow’s Memorial Chapel, Cherry Street, has charge of arrangements.