Wesleyan Mourns the Loss of Beloved Professor

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

The West Virginia Wesleyan College community is mourning the loss of beloved history professor Dr. William Michael Mahoney, who passed away on Monday, December 16.   Dr. Mahoney , who joined the Wesleyan faculty in 1983, earned a bachelor of arts in English and history from the University of Delaware, a master of arts in history from Wake Forest University, and a doctorate in Modern European History from the University of Connecticut.

During his tenure at the College, Dr. Mahoney received numerous awards, including the faculty achievement award two years in a row and the Most Outstanding Faculty member award.  In 1992, Dr. Mahoney was selected by the U.S. Department of Education for a five-week Fulbright-Hays Seminar in Poland and Czechoslovakia.  He oversaw international May term trips each year.  Dr. Mahoney had recently received promotion to Professor of History at the College.

“Bill embodied the kind of excellence in teaching for which we all should strive,” commented Dr. Boyd Creasman, vice president of academic affairs.  “His passion for his area of expertise, history, was legendary here at Wesleyan.  He was a champion of international programs.  Hundreds of his students were inspired by him to pursue the life of the mind and to broaden their global perspectives.”

Many Wesleyan community members remember Dr. Mahoney’s dedication to his profession.  Although he battled serious health issues, Dr. Mahoney continued to produce first-rate work, continuously challenging and engaging his students with each class he taught.

“His student evaluations were always outstanding and set a standard to which the rest of us should aspire,” remarked Creasman.  “The best way to honor his memory is to dedicate ourselves to the kind of commitment to student learning he exemplified.  He was one of the best teachers I have ever known, and I have worked with some great ones here at Wesleyan.”

The College will hold a memorial service on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 11 a.m. in Wesley Chapel on the Buckhannon campus.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visitation on Friday, December 20 from 6-8 p.m. at Paul Ippolito Summit Memorial, 7 Summit Ave, Summit, NJ.  The Funeral will be held on Saturday, December 21 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Peace Church, New Providence.  Interment will follow at St. Teresa’s Cemetery.

Gifts in Dr. Mahoney’s memory can be made to West Virginia Wesleyan College and designated for Friends of History.

A complete obituary may be found at http://www.ippolitofuneralhomes.com/obituary?id=1323668.