William Stanley Sanger


William Stanley Sanger Jr, the son of William and Reba Sanger, was born on February 11, 1932 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He died on November 19, 2017. Bill attended the University of Oklahoma where he graduated from the College of Law in 1956. He was preceded in death by his dear wife, Irene, in March 2003. He is survived by his daughter, Pam, and his granddaughter, Darla.


Bill was a senior career official at the Federal Trade Commission, where he served with distinction for 35 years.  At his retirement in 1992, he had been serving as head of the Enforcement Division in the Bureau of Consumer Protection for many years. In that position he was responsible for ensuring compliance with numerous rules and regulations that protect consumers and provide them valuable information, such as the Textile, Wool and Fur Rules, the Care Labeling Rule, the Octane Posting Rule, the R-value (insulation) Rule and the Mail Order Rule. He also oversaw compliance with all the administrative orders that the FTC issued to address practices that allegedly violated the law and harmed consumers. His oversight led to what were then record-setting civil penalties to resolve violations of such orders. Bill also was actively involved in key FTC policy issues, participating in work on new approaches to civil penalties and consumer information remedies. Beyond his many formal accomplishments, Bill was widely admired and respected by his staff, colleagues, and people outside the FTC, for his wisdom, kindness and mentoring.

Bill was a long time member of St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in Herndon, Virginia. Serving in many volunteer roles, he was known as a faithful and loving servant among his church family.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 13th at 2:00 PM at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 432 Van Buren St, Herndon, VA 20170. In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations to St. Timothy's.