New England College was founded to provide for the educational needs of the veterans of World War II. As we look for ways to honor the many men and women of NEC who have served in the U.S. military, we take this opportunity to profile William Delano, Class of 1981.
William Delano ’81 retired from the U.S. Marine Corps after a distinguished service of 23-years. Early in his career he flew the UH-1N “Huey” helicopter from assignments in California and overseas. For four years he was assigned to Helicopter Marine Squadron One and flew as a “Marine One” pilot for President Bill Clinton. He was stationed in Okinawa, Japan and served as the Air Officer at III MEF. His final assignment was in San Diego, California where he flew the Citation V light business jet for VIPs from MCAS Miramar. After retirement he worked for a charter company and flew a Hawker 700 medium business jet and was promoted to Director of Operations. He currently works for the Navy Region Southwest as a senior planner in the operations department. Bill’s wife, Beth “Becker” Delano, graduated from New England College in 1983. Beth is a vice president with a construction lending and management company in Coronado, California.