William J. Eisen

William J. Eisen passed away suddenly on August 10, 2017 while running along the beach in York, ME. It was one of his daily pleasures.

Born in Cleveland, OH in 1948, he graduated from Cleveland Heights High School, Amherst College (summa cum laude), and Harvard Law School. He joined the law firm Lourie & Cutler in 1975 and was a partner with the firm when he died. He also taught at the Harvard Extension School.

When asked what he did for a living, he would answer, “I help people.” He was unfailingly interested in people and their stories, and applied his boundless intellect to solving problems in ways no one else could. He made friends everywhere he went, with everyone he spoke to, regardless of background or walk of life.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Susan, of Wellesley, MA, his daughter Emily, son-in-law Chris and grandson Zachary, of Philadelphia, PA, his daughter Kate, of Ithaca, NY, many other family members, and countless friends old and new.

He was the kindest, wisest, most generous person we have ever known.

Service of remembrance on Sunday, August 13, 2017 at 10:00 am at Temple Beth Elohim, Wellesley, MA. Shiva will be at the Eisen residence on Monday, August 14 from 2-4 pm & 5-8 pm and on Tuesday, August 15 from 5-8pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Syrian Refugee Resettlement Program, c/o Temple Beth Elohim, 10 Bethel Rd., Wellesley, MA 02481.


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