William Lafayette Littlejohn
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William "Bill" Lafayette Littlejohn Jr. died May 8, 2021, at his home in Washington, DC, of pancreatic cancer. He was 89 years old.
Bill was born in 1931, in Greenville, S.C., to William and Mary (née Poe) Littlejohn.
Bill spent his youth in Gaffney and Greenville before moving north to Evanston, where his mother married Judge John Tuohy and Bill became part of the wonderful Tuohy clan. He attended Evanston High School and later the University of Virginia, where he was a proud member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. Bill received a bachelor's in philosophy in 1952 and a juris doctorate from the law school in 1954.
He served in the Marine Corps as a judge advocate then moved to Chicago and joined the law firm of Lord, Bissell and Brook. At 32 years of age, he opened his own law firm, Littlejohn, Glass and Yowell. Bill practiced law until his retirement in 1989, at which point he became a novelist, publishing two novels.
Bill married Marcia Moyer in 1956 and they lived a life filled with friendship, laughter and a love of family and good food. They raised their children in Hinsdale, then moved to Chicago and finally to Washington, DC, all the while spending their summers at their cottage in Castle Park, Mich.
Bill was a voracious reader of the morning papers, a dedicated writer, an enthusiastic golfer and tennis player, a tenacious debater, an early morning biker, a fan of grits and Manhattans and, most of all, a wonderful father, grandfather and friend. His family will remember him for all of these things as well as for his dignity, integrity and humor.
Bill is survived by his wife of 65 years, Marcia; his children, Wade (Beth) Littlejohn, Abbie (Whit) Fosburgh and Matt (Janet Rumble) Littlejohn; his grandchildren, Callie, Elizabeth and Pieter Fosburgh, Zelda and Grady Littlejohn, and Emily and Sarah Littlejohn.
A funeral service will be held June 12 in Holland, Mich.