William Seeger '21 December 3, 2021 1:49 PM updated: December 3, 2021 2:08 PM
William John Seeger - the man, the myth, the Economist
April 2nd, 1956 - November 20th, 2021
William (Bill) John Seeger of Murphy, Texas died unexpectedly on Saturday, November 20th, 2021. He was born on April 2nd, 1956, in Chicago, Illinois. Intelligent and passionate, Bill’s love of life, booming laughter, and care for his family were unmatched. While known to live life by his own rules along the way, he never lost sight of the important things—bourbon, economics, and Notre Dame football.
He grew up in Dixon, Illinois where he graduated from Dixon High School in 1974. He then proudly attended the University of Notre Dame, graduating in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. Bill’s enthusiasm for sharing the Notre Dame campus and game days with his family created a beloved tradition for the Seegers.
Bill did not stop there. After Notre Dame, he found a graduate economic program that suited his interests, as well as love in the smartest woman he ever met, at UT Dallas where he completed his PhD in Political Economy and married his wife, Pam.
Bill was a Tax Principal in KPMG’s Global Transfer Pricing Services Group for many years until his retirement in October 2014; and after teaching at other area colleges, he found his way to UT Arlington (UTA) in 2017 as a Clinical Professor. Since 2018 Bill served the College in several ways. He started the student chapter of NABE (National Association for Business Economics), which allowed students to earn professional certificates—the first university in Texas to do so. For one year, he was responsible for recruiting for the EMBA program. He organized a virtual seminar series through the Fort Worth Center for the business community. Most recently, Bill took on the new role of recruiting for and promoting the Master of Arts in Taxation program as well as serving as Director of the program. He taught courses in both Economics and Taxation.
Bill was also the President of Quantecon Consulting, an Economic consulting firm. Bill was not only active at UTA but was also active in the community by being a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Southern Economic Association, Economerica, Transfer Pricing Committee, Section of Taxation, American Bar Association, National Association of Business Economists, and American Economic Association. Dr. Roger Meiners, Chair of the Economics Department, shared that Bill “was a force of nature who jumped in and took charge and made many things happen in the department and for the college.”
Bill’s dedication to education and pursuit of knowledge was inherent to how he lived, and in May of 2021, he also earned his Master of Jurisprudence in International Tax from Texas A&M University School of Law.
Friend, mentee, and colleague Michael Wollman shared that “Dr. Seeger was genuinely loved by so many—his students, colleagues, industry partners, leaders at UTA, and so many more. I always admired his achievements and respected his success throughout his career, but it was the love and pride he had for his wife and kids that was inspiring to me most. He will be truly missed!”
He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Pamela nee VanCleve; daughter Katy Diehl (husband Mark); daughter Meg Coreas (husband Jerry); son John Daniel; sister Margaret (Peggy) Renne (husband Randall); nephews Nicholas Renne, Matthew Renne, Cole Thompson; and niece Erika Thompson.
Bill is preceded in death by his parents, Roe Eugene Seeger and Mary Tee Seeger.
There will be a Memorial held at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Cypress, Texas (15415 N Eldridge Pkwy, Cypress, TX 77429) on December 17th, 2021, at 2:00PM. There will also be a memorial held in the DFW area during the Spring semester. More information to be shared in the new semester.
Contributions in memory of Bill can be made to Equest Therapeutic Horsemanship. Bill served as the Finance Chair and firmly supported the Equest mission. Bill’s son, John Daniel Seeger, rode at Equest for 11 years. Donations can be made by mail to PO Box 171779 Dallas, TX 75217 or online at www.equest.org or to a charity of your choice.
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