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C. William Neuhauser, best known as Bill, passed away on March 9, 2017.
Bill was born in his mother's bedroom at their home in Washington, D.C. He attended local Washington schools and was a member of the Class of 1948 at Princeton University. Bill served in the U.S. Marine Corps, and graduated from the George Washington University after the end of Second World War. Bill was married to the former Joan Schuyler Lawrence for 46 years, until her untimely death in 1994. He then married his wife of 22 years, Marie Pollock Cissel. Bill's mother, Marguerite first visited Cape Ann in the early 1900s. She came to paint in the summer months following the examples of numerous well-known American artists. She was an early member of the North Shore Arts Association, where there continues today an annual prize awarded in her name. Bill first came to Gloucester when he was six months old, as was the case with his children and grandson. Bill then visited Gloucester each year thereafter, even including furloughs from his time in the Marines. Bill lived and worked in the Washington area for many years. In the early 1950s he was a founding partner of the D.C. brokerage firm, Bellamah, Neuhauser, and Barrett. Bill's career subsequently shifted to the shipping industry where he held several positions including Senior Vice President of Sea-Land Service the global container shipping company. He also was appointed to run the National Maritime Council in Washington. His knowledge of the ocean transport industry led to Bill's being a guest lecturer at the Maine Maritime Academy for a number of years. Perhaps though, he was most proud of his 39 years' service on the Board of Directors of the Sequoia Fund mutual fund. Bill's and his family's connection with Gloucester became even more close when he purchased their house on Rocky Neck in the late 1970s. Bill and his family would diligently tend their ten lobster traps, and until he was well up into his eighties, Bill would daily row his Gloucester-built skiff around the outer harbor. In 2013, Bill and his extended family organized an exhibition of his mother's paintings of subjects in and around Gloucester at the newly established Rocky Neck Cultural Center. Bill is survived by his wife, Marie, better known as Rink, and his two children, Charles of Tuxedo Park, New York, and Anne (Trina) of Alexandria, Va. He is also survived by a grandson as well as four stepchildren and eight step-grandchildren.
Burial service will take place at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Georgetown, Washington, DC on Tuesday, March 21. Bill would have appreciated donations in his memory to The Rocky Neck Art Colony, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester MA 01930, rockyneckartcolony.org.
Published on  March 17, 2017
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