Class of 1967
William S. Orosz, Jr.
Owner and CEO of Home Building Company
Funded Social, Medical, Religious and Educational Programs
Knighted by the Pope into the Order of St. Gregory the Great
Inducted into the Royal Oak High School Hall of Fame, 2014
William S. Orosz Jr. was a scholar and a student leader in the Royal Oak schools. Beginning at Northwood, continuing at Barton and ending at Dondero where he was class president in 1967 and co-captain of the first undefeated football team since 1931. Bill went on to earn a degree in economics at Dartmouth College and later a master’s degree in business administration from the Harvard Business School.
In 1967 his economics teacher knew of Bill’s abilities and dreams. When the teacher asked his seniors, “What do you see yourself doing ten years form now?” Most students gave answers describing an area in which they would be looking for a job. Bill was different. He said in ten years he would be an entrepreneur and that he would be looking to hire employees.
Keeping to his word, Mr. Orosz followed in his father’s footsteps and entered into the real estate, home building and real estate development businesses. For many years William Orosz has been a major part of the home building industry in central Florida and North Carolina. Most recently, Bill and his sons formed the company, “Royal Oak Homes”, a home building company in Central Florida named to honor his late father and his home town.
William Orosz has served, and continues to serve on many boards of directors and advisory groups. He transferred his business success into the service of his church and his community. He chaired fund raising initiatives to build a day-care facility, a cultural center, an elementary school and a new church for his local parish. Through a Diocesan program, Bill exported his home building skills to villages in the Dominican Republic. Bill and his wife Jody established and funded the Orosz Family Foundation which in turn provided leadership and seed capital to create the Catholic Foundation of Central Florida. Many of the social services and some of the medical research in Central Florida as well as programs at the University of Note Dame can be directly linked to the skills and efforts of William Orosz and his foundation. In recognition for his contributions to the Church, Bill was knighted by the Pope into the Order of St. Gregory the Great.