William J. Mayer, 72, formerly of New York, passed away peacefully Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Presbyterian SeniorCare's Southmont, Washington.
Born July 10, 1944, in New York, he was a son of the late Mildred and Emil Mayer.
He was a loving brother of Dr. George (Judy) Mayer of Peters Township.
He was a magna cum laude graduate of Albany State College and earned a master's degree from Columbia University. He taught the Classics at Hunter College in New York City until he retired. He was a member of various Societies of Classics. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Phillipstown, N.Y., where he was an elder.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 7, in Peters Creek United Presbyterian Church, 250 Brookwood Road, Venetia, PA 15367, with the Rev. Louise Rogers, officiant. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Cremation and Funeral Care, 3287 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317, 724-260-5546.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to Presbyterian SeniorCare or Peters Creek United Presbyterian Church.
(A message from ACL President, Kathy Elifrits)
It is with sadness that I report that long time Hunter College Classics professor Bill Mayer, our friend and colleague, passed away on April 27th after a long illness.
Bill was important to ACL. Throughout his professional career, he served ACL members loyally, always at Institute, often writing articles and giving presentations to enhance the teaching of Classics by all teachers of Latin, Greek, etc. Bill served our profession and our organization in many ways, including as Vice President, 2009 - 2012. He was presented a Meritus award in 2003.
ACL was important to Bill, too. He saw and treated each member as a precious colleague. He helped many students and teachers to become better teachers of all things Classical. He cherished his ACL friendships.
We shall certainly miss him. Ave atque vale. Requiesce in pace.
(A message from ACL Executive Director, Sherwin Little)
As an attendee at many ACL Institutes, I would find myself looking at the Institute program to find Bill Mayer’s session. There always was one, and I knew when I sat in on his talk that I would leave not just informed by his words and well-stocked with valuable handouts, but more importantly I was inspired to share what I had learned with my students. I knew that no matter what the topic, I was going to be enriched.
When I became ACL Vice President and started to build the Institute program, Bill would always be one of the first people to contact me with his ideas for his presentation. I knew that I needed to make sure that I put his presentation in one of the larger rooms, as his fans would flock to his session without fail.
Bill's many students and those teachers whose lives he touched will carry on his legacy.
(Photo: "Candle" by Shawn Carpenter, licensed under CC BY 2.0)