Deceased February 13, 2023

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In Memory

Bill died peacefully in the hospital on February 13, 2023, surrounded by his family. He dealt with rheumatoid arthritis for 40 years. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Maureen, five children and six grandchildren. 

Bill came to Amherst from Andover, Mass., as a three-sport athlete, president of his class and an A student. Phil McClure (d. February 2017), Bill and I (Bob Weiser ’60) were three strangers assigned to a room in Stearns. We remained roommates for all four years and joined DU together.

Bill majored in religion and went on to teach math for 51 years. He typically taught AP math and special education students. He successfully coached three sports (football, basketball and baseball) andwon three state championships, was elected to the Andover Athletic Hall of Fame and established a chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletics. He was a particular fan of Amherst basketball coach Dave Hixon ’75 as Bill coached him while assisting Dave’s head coach dad.

I (Tom Flaherty) first met Bill on the quad during freshman orientation. I said, “Punting contest?” Bill replied, “Yes.” He won! And he won for the rest of his life … married Maureen, his high school sweetheart, father of five, lifelong educator/coach, loyal churchgoer and friend. Upon retirement, our lives connected again as we did breakfast once a month.

A celebration of life was held. Ken DiNisco ’60, Tom Paulson ’60, Bob Weiser ’60, Tom Flaherty ’60 and wives attended.

Bill’s feelings about Amherst can best be summarized by the following quote from his 50th reunion write up:

“No price can be placed on the quality of our education (in 1956 it was $1,500). Amherst College is a special place with extraordinary memories that have molded each one of us.”

Bob Weiser ’60 and Tom Flaherty ’60