William McCutcheon "Bill" POSEY Jr.
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POSEY, Jr., William "Bill" McCutcheon

William "Bill" McCutcheon Posey, Jr., 83, died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, April 13, 2014 at Hospice of Palm Beach. He was the son of William and Lucy Posey, born in Tarrytown, NY on January 21, 1931. He graduated from The Gunnery Prep School in Washington, CT and earned his BA in Political Science at Yale University, earning Phi Beta Kappa honors. He was a beloved teacher at Saint Andrew's School in Boca Raton, FL for 30 years, where he also served, at various times, as the Head of the History Department, the Director of Admissions, the Director of College Guidance and Interim Headmaster. His passion was for teaching, however, and he touched the hearts and molded the minds of countless students at Saint Andrew's who were fortunate enough to be thoroughly entertained, and thus thoroughly educated, in the world of American History that Bill enthusiastically brought to life each day in his classroom. He was recognized upon his retirement as the first "Master Teacher" at Saint Andrew's. He will be fondly remembered for his incomparable combination of intellect and humor that he brought to the art of teaching and for the donation of his entire collection of literature on American and World History to the Saint Andrew's School Library. His other pastimes included a never-ending passion and respect for his antiques and fine collectibles, which seemed to always get better with age under his care; and last, but certainly not least, his undying love for his dogs, of which there were always two at his side, clamoring for his undivided attention. He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Joan Armstrong Posey, five children, Deborah (Charles) Stephens of Hanover, NH; John (Cyndi) of Valencia, CA; David (Christine) of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, Michael (Sonia) of Asheville, NC and Meg of Delray Beach, FL; ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Contributions may be made in his name to: Saint Andrew's School, 3900 Jog Road, Boca Raton, FL 33434; The Gunnery School, 99 Green Hill Road, Washington, CT 06793; Colonial Williamsburg Foundation BHS 139, P.O. Box 1776, Williamsburg, VA 23187-1776. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at a later date.

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Published in The Palm Beach Post from Apr. 15 to Apr. 16, 2014.
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May 2, 2014
I was fortunate to begin my teaching career while Bill was at The Gunnery where he was a model as a teacher and as a "schoolman." He also gave me the opportunity to try my hand at administration at Greens Farms Academy, which was a great boost to my professional career. Above all, however, the Posey's were good friends who contributed greatly to our wonderful years at The Gunnery. We send our sincere sympathy to the Posey family.
Ron and Carol Whittle
May 2, 2014
I was fortunate to begin my teaching career while Bill was at The Gunnery. He was an excellent model as a teacher and a "schoolman." He also gave me the opportunity to try my hand at administration at Greens Farms Academy, which gave a great boost to my professional career. Above all, the Posey's were great friends who contributed greatly to our wonderful years at The Gunnery. We send our deepest sympathy to the Posey family. Ron & Carol Whittle
Ron Whittle
April 27, 2014
Fond memories of Bill in early days on the Gunnery School faculty, where he could be relied upon to enliven any party with wicked sense of humor, much as he enlivened his classrooms at St. Andrews in later years.
We have lost the mailing address, but our sympathies to Joan and all the rest of the family.
Carol & Wally Rowe
Carol & Wally Rowe
April 26, 2014
A great loss of a humanist, mentor and friend.
Nancy Lemcke
April 17, 2014
I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Bill Posey. I fondly recall the quality of the American History course he taught, his professional manner and how he treated the students with respect. I wish the sincerest condolences to his family and friends.
Larry Stewart
April 16, 2014
Mr. Posey is very much a part of my fondest St. Andrew's memories as a teacher who brought history to life. His classroom was more like a boardroom where we sat around a long table, discussing American history in humorous detail. He gave each president a personality. This helped us remember many aspects about them -- even if they were unmemorable presidents! Just the funny way he said the name, Millard Filmore, made us want to learn! I know he inspired others who also were fortunate enough to be in his classes. He taught history as a means to understand the present and future of our world. He was a wonderful person to know in my youth and I regret not knowing him in my adult years. I'm sure I would've shared a few laughs about modern politics. My sincere condolences to the Posey family. Farewell to great person!
April 16, 2014
Bill was an honored and highly respected colleague. He brought to Saint Andrew's School a gift of incomperable value. Bill will always be remembered here at Saint Andrew's and will always be revered.
Philip Crangi
April 16, 2014
I was fortunate enough to be one of the many hearts he touched at Saint Andrew's school and for that I will be forever grateful. Blessings to the entire Posey family.
Cathy HAROLD Nichols
April 15, 2014
Never a finer man or a finer mentor.
Nancy Harold
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