William Goff Caples was born in Pittsburgh October 4, 1909. He graduated from Kenyon College in 1930 and from Northwestern University Law School in 1933. He was admitted to the Illinois bar in 1933 and practiced in Chicago from 1933 to 1938.
From 1938 to 1942 he was general attorney to the Continental Casualty Company. He served overseas with the Army Engineer Corps during the war and was discharged to the Reserves as Lt.Col. in 1946.
He was manager of industrial relations at Inland Steel Company from 1946-1950, president and director of its subsidiary, Inland Steel Container Company from 1950-53, returning to Inland Steel Company as vice president in 1953.
He has been president of the Chicago Board of Education and of the United Charities of Chicago. Mr. Caples is very active in many industrial relations and humanitarian groups. His present activities include memberships in: the Advisory Council
of the New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations, the American Iron and Steel Institute, American Management Association, Industrial Relations Research Association, and Industrial Relations Association of Chicago.
His publications are: "The Traditional Role of Management," Current History, July 1965; "The Economy, Our Government and Collective Bargaining," Reporting, March 1965; "A Management Viewpoint," Annals of the American Academy of Political and
Social Science, January 1961. His interests have been: Collective Bargaining, Personnel Administration and Industrial Sociology.
In September 1968 he became president of Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.
Sources: Who's Who in America, 1968-69;' Membership Directory, 1966 of the Industrial Relations Research Association and the Wall Street Journal.