We are saddened to report the passing in May of William B. Matteson, a longtime member and supporter of USCIB who served as vice chairman from 1986 to 1999 and also served as chairman of BIAC, the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD.
A native of Westchester County, New York, Bill graduated from Harvard Law School and clerked for Justice Harold Burton in the United States Supreme Court before joining the Debevoise & Plimpton law firm in 1955, where he went on to become partner in 1961. He headed the Paris office of Debevoise from 1973 to 1976 and was presiding partner of the firm from 1988 to 1993.
“Bill was one of the leading corporate lawyers of his generation,” said USCIB President and CEO Peter M. Robinson. “He brought great intelligence to his work with USCIB. But more than anything, he was a great friend to the organization, someone who inspired good will and admiration by the power of his own example.”
Ronnie Goldberg, senior counsel with USCIB and a longtime head of policy and program, added: “Bill was a quiet presence. It was easy to underestimate him – until he spoke. Listening to Bill summarize a meeting or present an issue amounted to a master class in both policy and presentation. He was a generous host and a patient and wise counselor. I feel both fortunate and honored to have worked with him.”
Our sincere condolences go out to the Matteson family, including his wife of almost 65 years, Marilee, and to Bill’s former colleagues at Debevoise and throughout the USCIB and BIAC communities. Donations in his name may be made to the Sconset Trust, P.O. Box 821, Siasconset, MA 02564 for conservation efforts on Nantucket Island. A service is planned there later this summer.