William W. Treat ’43

January 10, 2010

Fall 2010

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William W. Treat ’43 was a well-regarded diplomat and judge. He passed away on January 10, 2010, at the age of 91. 

Born in Winterport, Maine, Treat comes from a long line of American political figures. His ancestors include Governor Robert Treat, the colonial governor of Connecticut in the late 1600s, and Robert Treat Paine, a signer of the Declaration
of Independence.

After graduating from Columbia Law School and Harvard Business School, Treat served as a probate judge in New Hampshire for 25 years and established the National College of Probate Judges in 1968. He also founded BankMeridian, which has offices across the country, and served as the director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

In addition to his judicial and corporate work, Treat held multiple government positions. He was the secretary of the U.S. Electoral College from 1956 to 1964. In 1987, President Ronald Reagan appointed Treat to serve as a delegate to the U.N. General Assembly—a position President George H.W. Bush again offered Treat in 1990. The U.N. Human Rights Commission also asked Treat to serve a four-year term as a member of the Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities at the U.N. Centre for Human Rights in Geneva.

Treat is survived by his wife, Vivian; his son, Jonathan B. Treat II; his daughter,
Mary Esther C. Treat; and three grandchildren.

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