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South Glens Falls CSD remembers William “Bill” Wetherbee

September 2, 2021
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Mr. Wetherbee

The South Glens Falls Central School District faculty and staff are joined in remembrance of former Superintendent of Schools William “Bill” Wetherbee, who died on Aug. 6 at the age of 88. 

Mr. Wetherbee – who served as Superintendent of Schools from 1969 to 1988 – oversaw the expansion of athletic opportunities for all students and established the first programs for gifted and talented students. He oversaw the opening of the Ballard and Tanglewood Elementary Schools. After his retirement, he remained a well-respected and active member of the local community.

A native of Fort Edward, Mr. Wetherbee graduated from Fort Edward High School in 1950. During his time there, he was a standout athlete who led the Forts to a three Northern Conference basketball championship, and remains one of the top players ever to be there.

Mr. Wetherbee went on to Hamilton College, where he played varsity basketball for four years, was the first freshman in school history to be named the team’s most valuable player, and served as co-captain for two years. He graduated from Hamilton in 1954 and served in the Army for two years.

He received his teaching and administration degrees from the University at Albany, and began his teaching career at South High in 1958 while also serving as junior varsity basketball coach. In 1962, he was appointed principal of the Junior High School, and served in that capacity until 1967, when he was appointed assistant superintendent. In 1969, he was appointed superintendent, succeeding Chet Ostrander. He retired from the district in 1988. 

Mr. Wetherbee has stayed involved in local athletics in retirement. He has served on the State High School Basketball Committee for 20 years, announcing and scoring as well as compiling the tournament’s comprehensive annual program. In 2009, he was honored by the New York State Athletic Administrators Association for his work with the high school basketball championships.

In 2021, the scorer’s table at the Glens Falls Civic Center was named in his honor.

According to his obituary, Mr. Wetherbee was a loving husband to his pre-deceased wife, Judy S. Wetherbee, with whom he shared a love for over 70 years. He is survived by his daughter, Ellen Wetherbee-McDevitt; son, William A. Wetherbee; son-in-law Stephen McDevitt; daughter-in-law Robbin Murdoch; grandsons: Connor and Andy; sisters: Sally (Billings) Wheeler, Margaret Schroeder, and Elizabeth (Bill) Ward; numerous nieces and nephews; and many, many wonderful friends.

A service of remembrance for Mr. Wet will be held today from 4 to 7 p.m. at Singleton Sullivan Potter Funeral Home, 407 Bay Road, Queensbury. At the families request, please wear a mask.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 3 at the Lakeside Chapel, 360 Cleverdale Rd., Cleverdale. A reception will be held after the service at the Sans Souci in Cleverdale.


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