William L. Mather ’56 died on January 5, 2017, in Wellesley, Massachusetts.
(The following appeared online at eatonfuneralhomes.com in January 2017:)
William L. Mather, age 83, died on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at home after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was born in Nantucket on May 6, 1933, the oldest of two boys. After attending Northfield Mount Hermon for high school he graduated from Bowdoin College in 1956. He later earned a master’s degree in business from Babson College. He served his country in Korea as a medic and radio operator. Following a move to New York City Bill started what would be a lifetime career in the insurance industry. There he met the love of his life, Marcia Chambers. They were married in April,1962 and soon moved to Boston. Bill joined the Gillette Company as the head of their newly formed risk management department. His tenure with the company spanned 35 years, where he made lifelong friends and traveled the world.
As a member of the Risk Insurance Management Society, he served as president and was honored as Risk Manager of the Year, 1987. He was an active member of the community and served on the Needham Finance Committee. He was a member of the Needham Pool and Racquet Club, Retired Men’s Club of Needham, and Needham Community Council.
As an avid sailor, a highlight for Bill was an annual sailing trip with friends where they toured Chesapeake Bay, the islands of Maine and Puget Sound.
Bill’s family and friends will deeply miss his dry sense of humor, his exceptional kindness and his unique ability to perfectly capture the moment in only a few words.
He is survived by wife, Marcia and his two daughters Pamela Mather O’Neil of Darien, CT, her husband G. Michael O’Neil, their children Luke, Ryan and Morgan and Suzanne Mather Stanton, her husband Christopher Stanton and their children, Jack, Caroline and Lily of Reading, MA.