Bill Sheehan ’49, ’50

Bill Sheehan, a life-long Red Sox fan and his wife Murph, a life-long Yankees fan, at a baseball game in Seattle.

Former law lecturer Bill Sheehan passed away in December. He was 94. Sheehan earned a secretarial diploma from Albany Business College in 1941 and continued his education with a B.S. in commerce and an M.S. in administration from the University at Albany when it was still the New York State College for Teachers.

After graduating from Albany Law School in 1956, he started work for a local firm. One year later, as a result of a conversation he had with the dean of the Commerce Department, Milton Olson, on a city bus, Sheehan started teaching at the University of Albany. When the Commerce Department became the School of Business in the early 1960s, Sheehan was fully committed, teaching classes in business law, business math, business organizations and business English. 

Sheehan received the Student Association Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1980. He was called upon to speak at the first January graduation held by the university. His advice to students was, “If you’re not happy, move on.” Sheehan must have been happy because he stayed at the university until 1985. 

Alongside his teaching duties, Sheehan maintained a private law practice. After retiring from both jobs, he continued to proctor exams until 2010, often surprising stressed test-takers by encouraging them to “stand up and stretch” during the exam. 

Sheehan served in the Army, worked for the FBI and also taught at Albany College of Pharmacy. His son Joe serves as law coordinator for the School of Business. 

Associate Professor Bill Sheehan in 1976.