William J. Reese, who at one time ran a Bridgehampton architecture firm, died of cancer on Nov. 30 at home in La Jolla, Calif. He was 68.
Mr. Reese’s work was featured in numerous publications, including Home magazine, Woman’s Day, The New York Times, Glamour, and Metropolitan Home, in which the Shinnecock Hills house he designed and lived in was featured on the cover and chosen as house of the year. His more than 200 projects, among them family residences, apartment buildings, and commercial projects, earned him several design awards, two from the American Institute of Architects.
Professionally certified in 1973, he worked for architecture firms in the Charlottesville and Newport News areas in Virginia before moving to La Jolla in 1977. He practiced architecture in San Diego until 1982, when he came to the South Fork to join his friend and colleague Kirby Grimes in setting up an office in Bridgehampton.
In 1983, Mr. Reese met and married Penelope Wright of Southampton, who survives. The couple had a daughter, Hope Elizabeth Reese of Cambridge, Mass., and a son, Alexander Danford Reese of Southampton, both of whom survive. He is additionally survived by two sisters, Sandy Hoyer of Dover, Del., and Linda Neidermeyer of Palm Desert, Calif.
Mr. Reese’s marriage ended in divorce. He returned to California to open an office La Jolla in 2006.
Mr. Reese was born in Coronado, Calif., on April 24, 1943, the son of Hope King Reese and Wilbur Roy Reese. The family moved to Williamsburg, Va., when he was 7. He would go on to study architecture at the University of Virginia.
Serving in the Navy from 1966 to 1968 took Mr. Reese to the coast of Vietnam aboard the U.S.S. Richmond K. Turner. He received a special letter of commendation for his search-and-rescue operations.
Aside from his passion for architecture, Mr. Reese especially enjoyed viewing art, drawing, listening to music, watching the sun set, playing Boggle, and spending time with his children.
A private family gathering will be planned for a later date.