Boca Raton Regional Hospital

William E. Finley, urban developer who helped make Columbia a reality, dies

William E. Finley, urban developer who helped make Columbia a reality, dies

William E. Finley, a renowned urban developer who as a Rouse Co. executive in the early 1960s made James W. Rouse's "dream city" of Columbia a reality, died Jan. 25 of congestive heart failure at Boca Raton Regional Hospital in Boca Raton, Fla.

The Boynton Beach, Fla., resident was 93.

It was Mr. Finley, in his role as director of planning and development for the Rouse Co. and second in command to Mr. Rouse, who was the man most responsible for getting Columbia built, according to the Columbia Association.

"Bill was an idea man who would say, 'Why can't we do this or that?' His discussions were very realistic, and if we had to delay a phase, we did,"...

79°