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Sanctae Crucis Awards 1998

William F. McCall Jr. ’55

Bill McCall has been called “the professional’s professional,” and in the world of Boston real estate, no name is more highly regarded. The founder of several of the best-known commercial real estate firms in Boston’s history, Bill is also known as a standard bearer who has shepherded the industry through good times and bad, always insisting upon excellence and dedication to the community. “My style,” he has said, “was formed by my Jesuit education.”

Following graduation from Holy Cross, Bill served as a Navy fighter pilot, logging 1,100 hours of flight time. His inauguration into the field of industrial real estate came in the form of a $37 commission, and over the next 30 years, Bill was involved, in some way, with virtually every major real estate development in Boston. In 1965, he founded the firm of Leggat McCall & Werner. In 1990, he founded McCall & Almy. Throughout his tenure with both companies, he has provided advice and counsel from his unique perspective to most of the area’s top real estate and financial institutions. In addition, he has served as president of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board and director of The Boston Five Cent Savings Bank. In 1996, Bill was named Commercial Real Estate Broker of the Year.

A tireless participant in civic affairs, Bill has served as chairman of the Massachusetts Land Bank, and in various capacities for the Massachusetts Business Development Corporation; Jobs for Massachusetts; the Archdiocese of Boston; and Beth Israel, Massachusetts General, and Winchester Hospitals. He has, however, reserved the greatest part of his loyalty for his Alma Mater and his love for his family.

For his achievement, his wisdom, and his dedication to his chosen field of endeavor, the College of the Holy Cross presents to William McCall the Sanctae Crucis Award. er boundless energy, ceaseless innovation, and unflagging devotion to quality, the College of the Holy Cross presents to Bill McCall the Sanctae Crucis Award.