Mason Benefactor J.J. Mathy Dies

Posted: February 16, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Jane Pearson, director of leadership advancement

Joseph J. (“Sunny”) Mathy, whose quiet encouragement and leadership philanthropy to George Mason University spanned decades, died Feb. 11.

The university president’s residence, Mathy House, is named in honor of the Mathy family.

J.J. Mathy
J.J. Mathy
Photo courtesy of the Mathy Family

“Sunny Mathy was one of Mason’s best friends,” says President Alan Merten.

“His wisdom, clarity of vision and generosity of mind and spirit touched many, and his thoughtful contributions to the university will impact generations to come. Sally and I have treasured our personal relationship with Sunny and his family and are very grateful for their generosity to the university as well as their many kindnesses to us as friends and neighbors.”

Born on a farm that is now the site of Fair City Mall in the City of Fairfax, Mathy witnessed the transformation of Fairfax and played a role in it professionally in real estate, construction, farming and banking.

Mathy is survived by his wife, Liliana, and other family members. He was predeceased by his first wife, Sarah.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 21, at 2 p.m. at Truro Church in the City of Fairfax.

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