William L. Maini
1927 ∼ 2017
William Louis “Bill” Maini, 90, of East Falmouth, formerly of Norwood, Wayland and Cambridge, MA and Pelican Bay, FL, died peacefully and surrounded by love on Wednesday morning, May 3, 2017. For 60 years, he was married to his beloved wife, Maria Lipka Maini, who passed away in 2013.
Bill led a full and wonderful life. His friends and colleagues have described him as honorable, generous, accomplished, humble, a gentleman and a devoted family man. Bill attended Tufts University while serving in the ROTC. In WWII, he was in the Corps of Engineers, and promoted to acting Second Lieutenant while managing global operations and logistics in the US Army Air Force.
Bill graduated from MIT with a BS in 1951 and a MS in 1953, both in Building Engineering & Construction. He also pursued a doctorate at MIT and taught undergraduate studies for two years. Bill remained devoted to MIT after graduation and participated in over 37 committees, often as chair or co-chair. He was a charter member of the Katherine Dexter McCormick Society and a Life Member of the Sustaining Fellows giving society. He founded the MIT Class of ’51 Fund for Excellence in Education and remained on the Alumni Class Funds Review Committee until his late 80s. Bill was awarded the Harold E. Lobdell ’17 Distinguished Service Award in 1991, the MIT Presidential Citation in 1992 and the MIT Bronze Beaver in 1997. Bill was Director of the MIT Alumni Association Board of Directors from 2001 to 2004.
Together with MIT grad Parker Symmes, Bill founded Vappi Symmes and Maini in 1955. Jon McKee joined the firm three years later and the firm became Symmes, Maini & McKee Architects and Engineers; now known as SMMA. Bill led SMMA for 30 years as was bestowed the honorary title of Chairman Emeritus in 1998. As President and Chief Executive Officer, his business acumen created a sustainable organization with a formula for the firm's growth and continuous improvement. Bill also instilled the importance of stability, the value of relationships and the meaning of responsible leadership. In 2007, SMMA was inducted into the Massachusetts Building Congress (MBC) Hall of Fame. Bill participated in several professional organizations including the Rotary Club of Cambridge, and was elected President of the MBC and Cambridge Chamber of Commerce. He was recognized by Cambridgeport Savings Bank for 19 years of service on the Board of Investment in 1991, became a Life Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1992 and recognized by Commonwealth Gas Company for nine years of service on the Board of Directors in 1993.
Bill loved nature, cars, entertaining, traveling, music and sports. He particularly loved cruising with Maria up and down the East Coast in their 33’ Cape Dory Trawler, ‘Peace & Plenty.’ He also loved classical music and received a Distinctive Service Award from Cape Arts and Entertainment, consisting of the Cape Symphony and Cape Conservatory, in appreciation of his 12 years of service on the Board of Trustees. Bill loved inspiring young people and was a judge for Falmouth Academy’s Science Fair for over 10 years. Bill was a member of the Wayland Dances, Wayland Ski Club, The Country Club of Naples and helped reconstitute the MIT Club of Southwest Florida. He was President of the MIT Club of Cape Cod, Chairman of the Woods Hole Golf Club’s 2001 Renovation Project, Commodore of Menauhant Yacht Club, and Treasurer and President of Grace Memorial Chapel in Menauhant.
In addition to his wife, Bill is predeceased by his mother Signe Mathilda Wenstrom Maini, father Bruno Louis Maini and brother, Robert E. Maini. He is survived by his brother, Edward J. Maini and his long-time companion Patricia Daigle of Norwood, MA; his children, Pamela Jane Maini de Lalla of Acton, MA; Lisa Ann Maini of Falmouth and Charlestown, MA; and W. Craig Maini, Esquire and wife Amy Preble, Esquire of Newton, MA; as well as three grandchildren, Daisy Renée de Lalla, Emily Alice-Marie de Lalla and Allegra Frances Maria Maini.
A private burial service will be held in the Memorial Garden at Grace Memorial Chapel in Menauhant, East Falmouth, MA. A celebration of Bill’s life will take place on Saturday, August 12, 2017.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Cape Cod Healthcare Foundation for VNA of Cape Cod, PO Box 370, Hyannis, MA 02601 (www.givetocapecodhealth.org) or a charity of your choice.