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WILLIAM J. VANLANDINGHAM

 ATLANTA, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- William J. VanLandingham, a Georgia banker and community leader whose influence was felt across the state over the past 25 years, died Wednesday, Jan. 6, after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 55.
 VanLandingham joined The Citizens and Southern National Bank, a predecessor of NationsBank (NYSE: NB), in Atlanta in 1966. He held a number of executive positions before stepping down recently as the president of NationsBank in Georgia.
 "Bill was a good friend, the kind of friend you want close by in challenging times," said Bennett A. Brown, who recently retired as chairman of NationsBank Corporation and was a co-worker of VanLandingham's for 26 years. "He was loved and respected by all who worked with him. A large family of friends in this company will miss him greatly.
 "He played a critical role at so many important times in the bank's history," he said. "Atlanta, Savannah and many other communities benefited from his leadership.
 "He was a strong leader who brought an extraordinary sense of community commitment and responsibility to every job and every challenge he faced. He was a good husband and father, a loyal friend and a manager who brought out the best in his associates."
 VanLandingham was active in industry and civic affairs, and was chairman-elect of the Georgia Bankers Association.
 But above all else, his volunteer time reflected a strong commitment to education. He was a director of the Georgia Tech Foundation and the Joint Tech-Georgia Development Fund, and a member of the Emory University Board of Visitors. He was also the founding chairman of Leadership Georgia, a founding director of Research Atlanta, and a former chairman of the Pace Academy Board of Trustees and the Georgia Council on Economic Education. In addition, he served on the board of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
 VanLandingham was named president of NationsBank in Georgia in 1991. In 1988, he became president of C&S in Georgia. For the previous five years, he had responsibility for community banking statewide, including marketing, advertising and product development.
 In 1971, he was named an executive vice president for public affairs. He became assistant to the president in 1977 and assistant to the chairman in 1979. In 1982, he was given responsibility for the North Georgia banking group and in 1986 was named senior executive vice president for all Georgia community banks outside of Atlanta.
 Shortly after joining C&S in the mid-1960s, VanLandingham was given an unprecedented assignment by then-President Mills B. Lane, who sent him to Savannah to oversee a dramatic project that became known as "Spring Cleaning in Savannah."
 In Savannah, that spring of 1968, C&S organized 10,000 volunteers from within the local community and the bank. They cleaned up the streets and the vacant lots, helped repair homes and towed away junk automobiles. The bank invested $400,000 in the project, with another $1 million allocated to renovate substandard housing and provide low- cost, long-term loans for new homeowners.
 In a recent interview, VanLandingham told of working that spring with an integrated group of Savannah volunteers who formed an assembly line to clear a huge pile of old bricks from a vacant lot. As they handed the bricks to each other, they chanted, "Pass the brick. Pass the brick."
 "Those were words that I still hear sometimes in my dreams," he said.
 The Savannah plan he directed became the Georgia Plan and was implemented by C&S in other Georgia communities through the mid-1970s.
 VanLandingham served in the U.S. Navy after earning an engineering degree at Georgia Tech in 1959, and then worked as a production manager for Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati and Dallas.
 He enjoyed telling the story of how he came to the C&S Bank. In 1966, he was earning his law degree at Emory University Law School and working at Rich's Department Store in Atlanta as an assistant to the president, planning new store locations, when a friend recommended him to C&S.
 He recalled that he went reluctantly to the interview and surprised himself by staying several hours and talking to a number of bank executives, including Mills Lane. "I went back down the street to Rich's and resigned before the afternoon was over," he said. "I knew immediately that C&S was where I wanted to be."
 VanLandingham was born Sept. 10, 1937, in Louisville, Ky. He was a member of Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta. In addition to Georgia Tech and Emory Law School, he was also a graduate of the Program for Management Development at Harvard University's Graduate School of Business Administration.
 He is survived by his wife, Barbara McMillan VanLandingham; his mother, Corinne B. VanLandingham of Hilton Head, S.C.; two brothers, Donald C. VanLandingham of Ellijay, Ga., and James D. VanLandingham of Cleveland, Ga.; a daughter, Teri Leigh VanLandingham, 29, of Santa Monica, Calif.; two sons, William Jennings VanLandingham II, 30, of London, Ky., and Joseph Templeton VanLandingham, 14, of Atlanta; and three grandchildren.
 Funeral services have been scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, at Peachtree Presbyterian Church, 3434 Roswell Road, Atlanta (funeral arrangements, Patterson-Spring Hill). In lieu of flowers, donations should be directed to the Georgia Tech Foundation, Inc., 225 North Ave. N.W., Atlanta, GA 30332-0182.
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