SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

March 29, 2013

William E. Teel


Marblehead — Noted art collector and longtime Marblehead resident Bill Teel passed away recently after a short illness. He is remembered as much for his many accomplishments in the field of African and Oceanic art as he is for his gentle, unassuming, and kind nature.

The only son of the late William Jesse and Irene Zimmerman, Bill was born and raised in Charleston, W.V. He was employed by the FBI while attending George Washington University and served three years in the Army Corps with the Sixth Air Force based in Panama during World War II. He later went on to graduate from Harvard College summa cum laude.

He was predeceased by his wife Bertha Landau Teel of 45 years. Together they owned University Prints, an art history educational materials publisher. With his wife, Bill developed a renowned African and Oceanic Art collection, now part of the Museum of Fine Arts permanent galleries as well as at the Peabody Essex Museum, where he had also served as a trustee.

Bill leaves a niece and nephew as well as his longtime companion, Saundra Lane.

ARRANGEMENTS: A private memorial service was held at the Museum of Fine Arts earlier this year.