Mary Demetor Latoff says of her late husband, William Salem Latoff, "Although Bill was well-known in the community as a philanthropist, successful businessman, and civic volunteer, his true legacy will continue through the lives he touched. Bill's deep faith, Lebanese heritage, unconditional love for family and unwavering loyalty to friends formed the touchstones of his life."
Becoming a director for DNB First in 1998, chairman in 2003, and CEO in 2004, Bill Latoff served others until his death in January 2016. He was committed to building businesses, dreams, and stronger communities. Bill's daughter, Blair Latoff Holmes, describes her dad as "an accomplished leader who felt he could climb any mountain and inspired others to do the same." During his leadership at DNB First, Bill reinspired the organization to partner with the Hospital -- a holistic approach to caring for the community, addressing both its financial and health care needs.
In August 2015, when Bill was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, both he and Mary were optimistic that this was just a temporary setback, and their life together would soon return to normal. Mary says, "Bill was treated by Dr. Dennis Berman and the team at Abramson Cancer Center at Chester County Hospital and Dr. Dan Landsburg at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania—everyone went 'above and beyond' for us. Bill could have gone anywhere for his cancer care, yet he wanted to stay close to home, and we had total confidence in his care team." After Bill's passing, DNB First named Mary Latoff to the board of directors where she will continue to represent her family's interest and play a critical role in shaping the future of the nationally chartered community bank that her husband worked so diligently to expand and strengthen.
Supporting Chester County Hospital for many years, Mary says, "Bill was as much an advocate of community health care and Chester County Hospital as he was of community banking. He wanted to ensure that the hospital remained a viable, premier resource for the local community." Bill’s legacy lives on as DNB First continues to support the commitment to Chester County Hospital that he championed.
We remember Bill and thank the Latoff family for giving of their time, talent, and treasure to enrich the Chester County, PA community. Those who knew Bill can hear him bidding farewell with his heartfelt, "Be well."
"The Chester County Hospital Foundation, DNB First and Chester County Hospital have deep roots in our community, stretching back more than 100 years. We know that, in order to survive and thrive, we need to adapt to the world as it evolves and serve the needs of those around us. What makes our relationship special is that, through our shared histories, we understand one another well. When the people of our community need us, we're there for them." -- William J. Hieb, President & CEO, DNB First.