Edward F. Carter


William J. Carlin

September 16, 1929April 15, 2021

William J. Carlin, former President and Vice Chairman of the outplacement firm Mullin International, who also spent more than 3 decades in top executive positions at Primerica (American Can Co.,) died April 15th in Manhattan. The lifelong New Yorker and Murray Hill mainstay was 91.

“Bill Carlin was at the forefront of leading large companies to better understand how to engage employees. He was a true Human Resources pioneer as he helped set the stage for what is now thought of as Human Capital,” said Keith Mullin, former CEO of Mullin International. Mullin added, “Bill was a unique combination of strength and compassion, as well as a teacher. He gave so much with such humility.”

William Joseph Carlin was born September 16, 1929 in Mount Vernon, New York, the second of 3 sons to James Carlin, a foreman of the Consolidated Edison Co. and Margaret (Murray) Carlin.

Mr. Carlin graduated from A. B. Davis High School and enlisted in the Army in 1948. Returning from duty the following year, he attended New York University and began working at American Can Corporation when he was called back to active service in the Korea War.

In 1952 he returned to American Can and eventually became head of Human Resources, in charge of organizational planning, management development, executive compensation and labor relations.

While Vice President of Human Resources at American Can his team introduced the first total flexible benefit plan for a major corporation. Mr. Carlin reported to the CEO and Chairman as American Can, a Dow component company, became Primerica, a leading financial services company.

In 1985 he joined Mullin International, where he assisted executives in transferring their skills into new careers.

A cancer diagnosis factored in his retirement in 2017 at age 88.

His family cherishes the memory of his love, loyalty, quick wit and generosity. He was a fan of baseball, Broadway and his bourbon. He also enjoyed attending various NYC parades.

He will always be in the hearts of Henry, Anne, Mary, Dave, Ava and Jenefer.

A private memorial service will be held May 17th. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society.


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Anita LaPointe Creem

April 22, 2021

Please accept sincere sympathy from the extended family. Bill has been on our minds a lot recently and we're looking forward to the possibility of reconnecting. I have in my dining room, a beautiful Korean doll Bill gave my mom, Anita Lent LaPointe, many years ago. I will continue to display it and fondly remember Bill.

Carole Lapointe King-Gibson

April 21, 2021

Remembering the good old days with your brothers and Aunt Gert (as you and your brothers called her) at our house for dinner. Thank you for opening the door for me at American Can. Wish we could have visited one more time. May you rest in peace. You have never and will never be forgotten.

Your cousin Anita's daughter Carole (Vonnie)

Jerick Jay Rivera

April 21, 2021

I was Mr. Carlin doorman for 24 years. He was an amazing person always had a smile on his face whenever he was leaving or coming home. He will be deeply missed. I wish all the best to all of his family and friends. You will be missed Mr. Carlin..

Jose Jimenez

April 21, 2021

Ha my name is Jose Jimenez I’am Henry Jimenez my brother. I’am so sad I just lost the best father figure and role model William .J.Carlin as Bill . I know Bill 36 year, I so lucky to have your love and guidance in my life You’ve shown me strength I still look up to you . Thank you Bill for Being there for me and Especially my brother Henry. I’am so blessed to have both father and a friend in you and thank you for showing me everyday in life. I still hear you said Henry and Jose you will always be my boys. Love you Bill. Jose