Remembering Bill Cahir

August 14, 2009 at 10:55 am 4 comments

sm billcahirThis morning brought the sad, sad news that Bill Cahir ’90 has been killed in Afghanistan.

Bill, who was 40, was a Penn Stater and the son of Penn Staters: his father, John Cahir ’61, ’71g, was the University’s vice provost and dean for undergraduate education, and his mother, Mary Anne Cahir ’63, ’68g, was Penn State’s director of development for the Philadelphia region. John and Mary Anne, both retired now, are wonderful people, and I can’t imagine their grief.

Bill was a news reporter for a time—and a very good one, I’m told—and later, in response to the Sept. 11 attacks, he enlisted in the Marines at the age of 34. Last year he ran unsuccessfully for Congress in the 5th district, which includes State College.

He did several tours of duty in Iraq and was serving in Afghanistan when he was killed. In addition to his parents and siblings, he leaves behind a wife who is pregnant with twins.

Tina Hay, editor

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jere Willey  |  August 21, 2009 at 10:11 am

    Simply took my breath away when I heard this. No words can convey my sorrow to his family. Hard to imagine the pain. Jere

  • 2. More on Bill Cahir « The Penn Stater  |  September 1, 2009 at 9:22 am

    […] on Bill Cahir By Tina Hay Bill Cahir ’90, who was killed Aug. 13 in Afghanistan, was buried yesterday at Arlington National […]

  • […] who was working in the World Trade Center and managed to escape with her life; and the parents of Bill Cahir ’90, who enlisted in the military as a result of the attacks and later was killed in […]

  • […] Cahir worked as a Washington based-journalist and congressional staffer. He joined the Marines after the 9/11 terrorist attacks to serve and protect his country. Cahir was killed in Afghanistan in 2009, leaving behind his wife, then pregnant with twins, his parents, and siblings. Last year his parents started a scholarship in their son’s memory to recognize the kind of man he was—a man who cared about others. […]

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