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Retired Director of Athletics Bill Fiesinger '37 Passes Away
Retired Director of Athletics F. William “Bill” Fiesinger '37 passed away on Friday. He is survived by his wife, Jane.
Calling hours are tomorrow, Monday, October 7, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at Garner Funeral Service, 10 Lawrence Ave. in Potsdam. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, October 8, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 17 Lawrence Ave. in Potsdam. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Mary’s Church or Clarkson University.
A star athlete, student leader and scholar, Bill Fiesinger graduated from Clarkson in 1937 with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering. A three-sport star at Clarkson, he played football, basketball and baseball for the Golden Knights and made a significant impact every time he stepped on the field or court. He was the leading scorer for the football team, a class officer, a member of Lambda Iota fraternity and was elected Ice Carnival King. At his graduation in 1937, Bill was presented with the Frederica Clarkson Award in recognition of his outstanding undergraduate accomplishments.
In 1937, Bill turned down an offer to play professional football with the Cleveland Rams, and instead began his career as an engineer at Corning Glass. He was very involved with Clarkson alumni activities, and in 1959 left a successful safety engineering and insurance brokerage practice in Syracuse and moved his family to Potsdam to become the first full-time director of the Clarkson Alumni Association.
Bill served Clarkson in a number of other external relations roles, and in 1974 was named Clarkson’s director of athletics, where he served until his retirement in 1979. He played a major role in keeping Golden Knight athletics teams competitive at the intercollegiate level and in expanding recreational activities for all undergraduates.
At the 1979 commencement ceremonies, the Clarkson board of trustees passed a resolution naming him a Clarkson Ambassador. A recipient of the Alumni Association Golden Knight Award in 1964, Bill was inducted into Clarkson’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995.
Clarkson recently dedicated the "Fiesinger Athletic Director’s Office" in the Alumni Gymnasium in honor of Bill and Jane.
You can find more information from Garner Funeral Service at http://www.legacy.com/link.asp?i=ls000167349617 .