• William Joseph Patrick Coady, a former manager in the Office of Financial Planning and Budget Management

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William Coady, former budget and finance manager, dies at 79

William Joseph Patrick Coady, a former manager in the Office of Financial Planning and Budget Management who worked for more than three decades at MIT, died on Monday, Jan. 10. He was 79.

After graduating from South Boston High School, Coady joined the Air Force, and was sent to Greenland during the Korean War. He was then sent to Thule Air Force Base in Greenland, where his orders were to watch for enemy crafts. After the war, Coady took advantage of the GI Bill and enrolled at Bentley College in Waltham and later attended Northeastern University and Suffolk University to further his education.

Coady began working at MIT in the early 1970s, when he became a manager in the Office of Financial Planning and Budget Management and held his position full time for the next 25 years. He then continued to work part time for MIT for the next seven years.

Family and friends are invited to gather at the Burke & Blackington Funeral Home, 1479 Washington St. (Rte. 16), West Newton, on Friday, Jan. 14 at 8 a.m. followed by a funeral Mass in Our Lady Help of Christians Church, 750 Washington St., Newton at 9 a.m. Interment will be at Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Visiting hours are Thursday, Jan. 13 from 4-8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in William’s name may be made to MIT, and mailed to Bonny Kellermann, Director of Memorial Gifts; 600 Memorial Drive, W98-500; Cambridge, MA 02139. Gifts may be made online at https://giving.mit.edu/givenow/ConfirmGift.dyn?desig=4014800

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Bill was the Budget Officer for the School of Engineering when I joined the Dean's Office in 1982. I could not have asked for a better colleague. He was patient - always willing to take the time to explain things to me - and there was a lot to explain! He was thorough, thoughtful and incredibly kind. His sense of humor, his gallantry, his infectious smile and the twinkle in his eye all made him a joy to work with. I am saddened by his passing and hope it was peaceful.
I worked with Bill in the Budget Office and for many years after I left that office. He was the Budget Officer for the Office of the Provost and for the Senior Vice President, the late Bill Dickson. Bill loved his family and was particularly proud of his niece, Barbara Conroy, who was a very well known international news reporter. She covered many stories, mostly wars, as I recall, and she also covered the fall of the Berlin Wall. She gave Bill a couple of small pieces of the wall and he gave one of those pieces to me. That was Bill -- always sharing what he had and knew. He was a kind and gentle person who was quick with a smile and encouraging words. Dr. Paul Gray, when he was inaugurated as MIT's 14th president, said, "This place expects and deserves uncommon performance from those who are privileged to serve it." Bill met and exceeded that standard. I am sad to hear of Bill's passing. May the God of peace be with his family and friends.
In addition to several of my fellow MIT fraternity brothers, I had the pleasure to work with and for Bill for many years in the early 80's, typically under MIT's work-study grant programs. Bill treated each of us like his very own sons, and always seemed to be like a proud father when introducing us to other members of MIT's Administration and Faculty. He loved to treat us 'starving college students' to Friday afternoon lunches at The Faculty Club. His office and friendship (along with the rest of the Budget Office staff) gave each of us an often-needed 'safe-haven' from the rigors of undergraduate life at MIT. I particularly remember his frequent lunchtime shopping sprees to Filene's Basement, his beaming at that day's spectacular deals. Bill loved people and he absolutely loved MIT. As I think about Bill tonight, I can't remember a single bitter, unkind, or malicious word or action that he ever uttered about anyone during my long experience with him. That truly defines how special Bill was. I am so glad I got to share part of his life. My deepest thanks and respect always Bill.
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