Dr. William L. Hostetler II

March 26, 1939May 4, 2013

Dr. William Lewis Hostetler II, 74, of Amherst died Saturday, May 4, 2013 at Runk & Pratt Forest Memory Care Center in Lynchburg, VA. Born March 26, 1939, in Charleston, WV, he was the son of the late William Lewis Hostetler and the late Myrtle Hostetler Stroupe. He was the husband of the late Mary Ann Long Hostetler.

Bill received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University in NC, and his M.B.A. and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.

Bill was a CPA, licensed in North Carolina since 1964. He taught at the University of Kansas as an Assistant Professor of Business from 1966 – 1967, prior to joining the Arabian American Oil Co. in Saudi Arabia, where he worked from 1967 - 1989. He joined the faculty of Sweet Briar College in Amherst, VA, as an Associate Professor of Economics in 1989, received tenure in 1992, and retired in 2006. Bill received the Student Government Association's Excellence in Teaching Award in 1994.

He took a year-long sabbatical during the 1996 - 1997 academic years to complete a book entitled: Saudi Arabia: Unique Insight into Economic Development.

While working for Aramco, he met his wife, Mary Ann Long Hostetler. They were married in 1975.

Bill is survived by numerous loving cousins: Joan Leslie and Larry Bissett (Morgantown, WV); Mary Ann Lenehan (North Caldwell, NJ) Richard G. Henneberry (Passaic, NJ); Patricia and David Penque (Upper Saddle River, NJ); Lori and Ken Lunde (Dallas, TX); Dennis and Alexandra Lenehan (Los Altos Hills, CA) Arthur Lenehan (North Caldwell, NJ) Sherry Lenehan (North Caldwell, NJ); and Daniel and Mary Lenehan (Los Altos Hills, CA).

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be mailed to Sweet Briar College, Annual Fund: Student Scholarships or Faculty Support, P.O. Box 1057, Sweet Briar VA 24595; made on line at; or called in to (888) 846-5722. Please note that your gift is made in memory of Dr. William Hostetler.

A service to celebrate Bill’s life will be conducted at 1:00 p.m., Friday, May 10, 2013, at the Sweet Briar College Chapel with former SBC Chaplain Adam White officiating. Inurnment will follow at Sweet Briar College in Amherst at a later date.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, 2013, at Whitten Monelison Chapel in Madison Heights.


  • Funeral Service Friday, May 10, 2013
  • Visitation Thursday, May 9, 2013

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Schyler Burke

October 30, 2013

Dr. Hostetler guided me in my Economics degree at Sweet Briar. I will be forever greatful that he and his wife attended my wedding and will always remember his warm and caring nature.

May 15, 2013

Bill and I were related; his grandmother and my great grandmother were sisters. Although my mom had met him, I never got a chance to meet him. Bill and I had lots of phone conversations re our family ties and I will treasure those talks. May he rest in peace. Sharon Reed Hill

Kenneth Grimm

May 10, 2013

Bill was a very special friend. He was my buddy...a brother I never had. I will cherish the many good and fun times we shared. The photo is of Bill, at his bar, saying, "OK, Grimm, Johnny Walker or would you like a 'real' martini"?

Cissy Humphrey

May 10, 2013

Mary Ann and Bill welcomed me into their wonderful home on Faculty Row on many occasions. They were marvelous hosts. We always had great conversations and discussions. Loved his home office/library. He will be missed.

Anne Grimm

May 10, 2013

Bill was such a good friend with a great sense of humor. His made up words "more betterer" and "onliest" were unique to him and always made me smile. A wonderful host, he enjoyed their parties just s much as everyone else.
I shall miss him and Mary Ann. Bless them both.

Jennifer de Mello e Souza

May 10, 2013

Professor Hostetler was a wonderful professor. I took his management class in 1991 while on a guest semester at Sweet Briar. He made us laugh while learning. His illustrations on the chalk board were legendarily bad, and he took great delight in our reactions. We suffered and struggled through group work, and he helped us learn and grow. My experiences in his class helped me immensely in my professional life.

After graduation he became Uncle Bill, and was always a part of home for me. I loved that my dad had a friend to have fun with- and they certainly had some good times. Bill shared his remote control cars with Robbie- much to his delight. He would get down on the floor to play, generous with his time and attention.

Bill was always kind, very funny, and so generous. We will miss him.

Jay & Cammie Barnes

May 9, 2013

Bill and Mary Ann were terrific Faculty Row neighbors. I was glad when both of them attended a few of our cookouts, and we honored to be invited to their terrific parties. I really enjoyed watching several NHL and NFL games with Bill, and we valued their generosity.

Sheri Hughes

May 7, 2013

Bill was a great friend and a good professor.He will be greatly missed.


Barbara Perry

May 7, 2013

Bill and I arrived at Sweet Briar the same year, 1989, and I always trusted him as a gentlemanly scholar, totally guileless, with a quiet dignity and sense of humor. He and Mary Ann were the perfect couple. Their gracious parties, at their lovely campus home, were a highlight of any semester. We engaged in lively political discussions, especially enjoyable because we shared the same views! May their memories be blessings to all who knew and admired them.

Wayne Stark

May 7, 2013

As the Senior Director of Career Services here at SBC, I had the great pleasure of partnering with Bill before he retired. He worked ceaselessly to seek out new opportunities for his students.