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October 19, 2019

8/30/2017 5:00:00 AM
Dr. William G. McCarthy
Sept. 26, 1926 - Aug. 26, 2017

Dr. William G. McCarthy, 90, Terre Haute, passed away early Saturday morning, Aug. 26, 2017, at St. Vincent Heart Center, Carmel. He was a professor of early childhood and elementary education at Indiana State University. He was born Sept. 26, 1926, in Mill Valley, Calif., to William Matthew McCarthy and Honora Josephine Nolan McCarthy.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Susan Gans McCarthy; children Mary Catherine McCarthy (Charles Bales), Isabel McCarthy (Rod Kirk), Daniel McCarthy (Susie Marvel), Joe McCarthy (Mary Ann McCarthy) and Susan Reynolds (Trevor Reynolds); and grandchildren Alison Bales, Sarah Bales, J.D. Bales (Jan-Marie Bales), J.R. Bales, Christina Collins (Brett Collins), Katie Kirk, Kevin McCarthy (Bethany Bannister-Andrews), Regan McCarthy, B.J. McCarthy (Sara McCarthy) and Francesca McCarthy.

Dr. McCarthy was a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and earned his doctoral degree from Stanford University. He served as department chair and professor of elementary education at Indiana State University from 1969-1991. Bill, a veteran of the United States Army Air Force during World War II, served in the Aleutian Islands in Alaska. He studied to become a master naturalist for the state of Indiana and founded the Prairie Hoosier Music Group. Bill volunteered for the Red Cross, assisting at three major disasters as well as responding to local crises. A family man, Bill always made time for dinner with his wife and children. With his family, he enjoyed picnics in the park, excursions to museums, clam-digging along the California coast, camping trips, visiting relatives, and Elderhostel adventures with grandchildren.

Visitation is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, from 4-7 p.m., with a rosary to be recited at 6:30 p.m., at St. Patrick Church in Terre Haute. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, also at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1807 Poplar St., with Father Dan Bedel officiating. There will be a Celebration of Bill's Life at Nature's Return after the funeral service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the William G. McCarthy and Susan Gans McCarthy Endowment, c/o Indiana State University Foundation, 30 N. Fifth St., Terre Haute, IN 47809, or This endowment grants funds to faculty members or administrators who propose projects to support children's literacy or to reduce poverty.

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