Ex-Microsoft exec who died in crash was advocate for kids

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by MEG COYLE / KING 5 News

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Posted on August 12, 2013 at 8:41 PM

Bill Henningsgard was known as 'the dot connector' by those who knew him, culling together 30 non-profits all with one common goal.

The former Microsoft executive so believed in education and opportunity-- he founded a non-profit to connect kids and families with a larger collective of resources, like KidsQuest.

"Bill was a great friend to KidsQuest he and Susan both were," said Putter Bert, KidsQuest's Executive Director.

Henningsgard founded Eastside Pathways to give organizations like KidsQuest a bigger voice and helping them become better advocates.

"He came to us and said, 'do you want to work with us,' and I said absolutely," recalled Bert. "The whole motive around EP is to create this collective impact toward education and not duplicate efforts."

Henningsgard and his 17-year-old son Max died Friday when their small plane crashed in East Haven Conn. Two children on the ground also died.

"His face his smile is in my mind all the time. It's such a tragedy, it's such a loss," said Bert. "He really was a connector. He listened to what people needed and he put people together to make sure that those things happened."

Henningsgard and his son Max were visiting colleges on the East Coast when their plane went down. He leaves behind his wife and two daughters.

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