William Alexander Farlinger was an active organizer and patron of several charities and foundations. He raised millions of dollars annually as the founder and chair of the President’s Committee of the University of Toronto. He also was responsible for one of the largest fundraising campaigns ever for St. Joseph’s Hospital. Farlinger served on a number of task forces and academic, government and industrial committees during his life as well. For his services, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. Farlinger passed away in 2005.