Chairman Emeritus of the MCG Foundation Board of Directors, Dr. William E. Mayher III, 77, died Sunday in Athens, Ga.

“Billy Mayher was a leader, advisor, and role model.   His fortitude and charisma made it a pleasure to know him.  His humility and brilliance made it an honor to call him a friend.” says Dr. James B. Osborne, Sr., President and CEO, MCG Foundation

William E. Mayher III, MD was a neurosurgeon in Albany, Ga. Dr. Mayher received his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia, and completed his surgical internship at Grady Memorial Hospital and residency at Medical College of Georgia Hospitals. In 1970 Dr. Mayher’s began his practice in neurological surgery, which flourished until his retirement in 1998.

During his 38 year career Dr. Mayher became Chairman of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia and as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. He served as Chairman of the Board of Gray Television, Inc., since August 1993. Dr. Mayher was a member of the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame Board, representing the Seventh Aviation District. He was also a Senior FAA Aviation Medical Examiner.

Dr. Mayher was an exemplary member of the Medical College of Georgia Foundation Board of Directors. He joined the board in 1994. He served as chairman from 1999 to 2000, and then again in 2008 to 2011. During his last appointment as chairman, Dr. Mayher’s leadership and guidance was critical in evolving the Foundation into the modern institution it is today. During his 25 years with the Foundation, Dr. Mayher saw the Foundation’s assets grow from $50 million to over $200 million today. In 2011 he was given the title Chairman Emeritus. In this role he continued to be a prominent voice and leader of the Foundation, as a voting board member. He continued be committed to the absolute success of the Medical College of Georgia and the Foundation, and his passion and leadership continued to be a motivating force for every committee. In 2013 the MCG Foundation honored Dr. Mayher’s years of service by dedicating the Foundation’s boardroom in his honor. A portrait of Dr. Mayher’s lasting memory graces the wall of the William E. Mayher III, MD Executive Boardroom.