William Glen Mathewson Jr.


Died March 8, 1940 – August 27, 2016,Bedminster, NJ

College: Trumbull
Major: European history
Graduate School: Harvard Business School, M.B.A., 1965

Widow: Mrs. Sally Mathewson
13 Spencer Lane
Bedminster, NJ 07921
908-500-4472 (mobile)

Children: Christina, 1980

MATHEWSON—William G. Jr.,of Bedminster, NJ passed away on August 27, 2016 after a short illness. He was 76. He was a veteran of the US Army serving in 1961-1963. He was a graduate of Yale University in 1961, and a graduate of Harvard Business School in 1965. He was employed by the Wall Street Journal for 39 years, and retired after serving many years as a senior editor. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Sally Olhausen Mathewson, his daughter Christina Bosworth Mathewson, and his brother Douglas Mathewson. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to the Parkinson’s Foundation. Services were by the Bailey Funeral Home, Peapack, NJ. www.baileyfuneral homes.com. 1/3

In 1961, I regarded those attending a 25th reunion as over the hill and anyone at a 50th as beyond ancient. And for many years thereafter as an editor at The Wall Street Journal, I avoided referring to the subject of an article as “elderly” as if the adjective were a pejorative. Well, here I am, among the ancients and now one of them myself.

I’m 71 years old, and, yes, you can call me elderly. One dictionary defines the word as “rather old” or “past middle age” – benign enough terms and preferable to the list of synonyms, which include “geriatric” and “senescent.” I personally prefer “long in the tooth,” which connotes vast experience (and good dental hygiene).

Here’s to the 55th and 60th. And remember the words of an octogenarian friend of mine: “Eighty” he says, “is the new 60.”