Rice Mourns the Passing of Bill Mayer

Bill Mayer
Dec. 10, 2014

HOUSTON, Texas - Bill Mayer, an avid golfer, motorcycle rider and Rice University letterman runner, passed away at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center on December 5, 2014.

Mayer grew up in Wallis, Texas and attended Rice where he ran the 800 meter from 1957-59. He remained involved with the Rice track team as both a mentor and supporter after graduating from Rice in 1959, before marrying Inantha Ann Henry. Mayer would later spend the majority of his career as a commercial mortgage banker.

"When I was on the Rice Track team, Bill was an ever present figure who had a great and positive impact on all of us," Rice men's head track and field coach Jon Warren said. "He was especially helpful to me, specifically by allowing me to work at his retail stores while I worked my way through graduate school.  I know of many, many other examples of the big and small ways he had a positive influence on the Rice track family. All of us here at Rice will greatly miss Bill."

A memorial service celebrating Bill's life will take place at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, 717 Sage Road, Houston, Texas 77056 on Friday, December 11, 2014 beginning at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the Rice University Men's Track Team, Rice University, MS 546, 6100 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77005 Attn: Jon Warren

Bill is survived by his wife Ann, his daughter Melissa, his son Richard, and their families, including four grandchildren.






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