In Memory

William Eisen

I am so sad to report that classmate and my dear friend, Bill Eisen, died suddenly on August 10, 2017. Bill was doing his daily jog early in the morning when he collapsed, apparently from a massive heart attack. Bill was a person whose enormous generosity was expressed quietly, anonymously and with genuine caring. He was a uniquely bright, wise, genuine and deeply caring person who will be sorely missed by those whose lives he touched.
Barry Gordon

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08/17/17 04:52 PM #9    

Renee Kraus (Barnow)

So, so sad to read this. I remember engaging in deep political discussions with Billy especially as he often offered perspective from different side than my thinking. Great loss.

08/18/17 12:22 PM #10    

Joel Waldman (Waldman)

A total shock. Billy and I grew up together and lived on the same street.Although the years separated us we still enjoyed communicating often. It was Billy who made sure I would be at the kindergarten reunion. The world will not be the same without Billy in it.

08/18/17 02:16 PM #11    

Sandra Klein (Agin)

So so sad to hear. I remember him as a nice super smart person.


08/18/17 10:08 PM #12    

Bruce Zwick

I am shocked and very saddened to hear of Bill's passing. I was not close to Bill during high school, but saw him at the reunion and found him to be delightful and engaging.  I would never have expected him to die so young; he seemed very healthy and vibrant. We lost a very good man.  

08/19/17 03:09 PM #13    

Faith Adler (Brown)

I was devastated to learn of Bill's death. We were friends since junior high and spent long hours working together on the school newspapers, the Wiley Wigwam (?) and the Black & Gold. I think Ed Paller's 9th grade civics class ignited Bill's political activism and led to some colorful adventures. His warm spirit and enthusiasm for things big and small will remain in my memory. What a loss for all who knew him!


08/19/17 05:44 PM #14    

Stephanie Chaplin

I, too, am deeply saddened by Bill's sudden death.  He truly was a gentleman.  He was kind, soft-spoken, and caring with a welcoming smile.  I very much enjoyed catching up with him at the reunion last year.  It is very clear, that Bill will be dearly missed.  My heart goes out to all of those close to Bill that are gireving his terrible loss.

08/19/17 06:19 PM #15    

Lee Wieder (Rosenberg)


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Jim Ruxin has left an In Memory comment for William Eisen.

Aug 17, 2017 at 12:33 pm


I am heartbroken to learn this.  Bill and I reconnected after our 40th when Esther Goodman's original kindergarten class at Belvoir had a reunion brunch with her, already aged 80+ then.  Thirteen or so of us.

Bill and I began to talk on the phone and email, when I re-discovered how much we shared.  We were not close at Heights, but recognized him as a sensitive and thoughtful person then, as I did at the 40th, but with more appreication.  The intervening years produced meaningful conversation, but I always kept missing him when I was in the Boston area.

It was one of those rediscovefed friendships I was looking forward to enjoying, and now, to have that taken away when long term friendships become more important, is very saddening.

Bill was definitely one of those people that will always remind me of how special our life in Cleveland was at such a great time, and how important all the people were to us then, even if we did not rocgnize that at the time.  

Don't make plans, do something about them is one of the lessons of his loss.  I was proud of knowing him and that wil have to be enough.  We are all precious.


08/21/17 12:45 AM #16    

Susan Turbow

My heart is saddened by the passing of Billy. I had known him since 1st grade and at each reunion we at least spent a few minutes catching up with one another. This is the part of getting older that I most regret. RIP Billy.

Sue Turbow

08/21/17 11:32 PM #17    

Dennis Burlin

I was really saddened to read about Billy, we met in sixth grade, I remember Billy from the 50th, he was a good guy, be missed by all. Denny Burlin

05/17/20 11:45 AM #18    

Bruce Winter

EISEN, William J. 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 was the kindest, wisest, most generous person we have ever known. 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. Service of remembrance on Sunday, August 13, 2017 at 10:00 am at Temple Beth Elohim, 10 Bethel Rd., Wellesley, MA. Shiva will be at the Eisen residence on Monday, August 14 from 2-4 pm & 5-7 pm and on Tuesday, August 15 from 5-7 pm. 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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