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“Dear Coughlin Family,I have many memories of your father from our childhood days. He was loving, patient,generous and always a fun loving person. He...Read More »
1 of 27 | Posted by: Michele Kelly ( Mac Kenzie) - MA

“Sincerest sympathy and heartfelt prayers to the Coughlin family on the passing of a great man, devoted husband and father and friend to countless...Read More »
2 of 27 | Posted by: James Nelson - Arlingtron, MA

“Mr. Coughlin, Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country when you served with the U.S. Army in Europe...Read More »
3 of 27 | Posted by: Mike Casey

“I was in graduate admissions when Bill was Director of Undergrad. I never quite understood some of his jokes but I knew he enjoyed them. He had a...Read More »
4 of 27 | Posted by: Judy Reynolds - Hendersonville, NC

“I will always be grateful to Bill for hiring me and giving me the opportunity to get into the field of education which is where I spent the next...Read More »
5 of 27 | Posted by: Marti Barrett - South Deerfield, MA

“Bill from BostonThat's how hundreds of college Admissions & Registrar administrators knew Bill at the yearly national conventions. He managed to meet...Read More »
6 of 27 | Posted by: Brian Murphy - South Easton, MA

“I was a student at Massasoit CC in 1971, trying to figure out what to do next with my life. Thanks to a chance meeting with Mr. Coughlin during his...Read More »
7 of 27 | Posted by: Don DiNunno

“The world was blessed with such a special person as Bill. And I was blessed that we kept in touch through the years from CHS until recently. We...Read More »
8 of 27 | Posted by: Joan (Swardlick) Karol

“Bill was a true zen master. He was the best train friend a person could have. I am forever holding in my heart his encouragements and images of him...Read More »
9 of 27 | Posted by: Erin Teare Martin - Milton, MA

“Saddened to learn of Bill´s passing. I offer my deepest condolences to the Coughlin Family. He was a classic, one of my all-time favorite SU...Read More »
10 of 27 | Posted by: Connie Tura Ferreira

“Throughout my years at Newman School, Bill was a faithful, inspiring, and witty friend. He maintained a humane perspective as he represented Suffolk....Read More »
11 of 27 | Posted by: Harry Lynch - Plymouth, NH

“To Marion and all the Coughlins: My life is the richer for having known and loved Bill and Marion. I have always seen Bill as a mentor in my...Read More »
12 of 27 | Posted by: Ron Homer

“Maureen, I am so sorry for your loss, sending my Condolences. ”
13 of 27 | Posted by: Simone McPherson

“A wonderful college administrator who helped Suffolk students attain their goals. He went out of his way to give kids a chance to succeed at the...Read More »
14 of 27 | Posted by: Loretta Papadonis

“Like so many, Bill Coughlin admitted me as an undergraduate many years ago and later welcomed my back as an employee. I always felt lucky to call him...Read More »
15 of 27 | Posted by: R. Scott Reedy - Braintree, MA

“Bill's life, and especially his passing, powerfully reminds me of his humble, curious and clever way of navigating what it means to create welcoming...Read More »
16 of 27 | Posted by: Anne Jones Principe

“Bill was a funny, charming, impish, well-respected, kind and delightful colleague. If I had questions and needed to fix a student´s problems, he...Read More »
17 of 27 | Posted by: Deb Geisler

“Dearest Bill, Thank you for your friendship! I fondly remember my interview with you in September of 1989. I was a "special case" and very frazzled...Read More »
18 of 27 | Posted by: Lou Greenwald

“Bill interviewed me for admission and later welcomed me as a work colleague. He was a big part of the amazing Suffolk community and he will be miss...Read More »
19 of 27 | Posted by: Vicki M. Croce

“Bill was a gentleman and a great colleague. He was always good for a chuckle and always had a positive attitude.My condolences to his family.He's...Read More »
20 of 27 | Posted by: michael duggan - MA - Coworker

“Bill was the reason I was able to attend Suffolk University. We had a friendship that lasted more than 38 years. We rode the train to Boston, we had...Read More »
21 of 27 | Posted by: George Comeau - Canton, MA

“Please accept my sincere condolences. ”
22 of 27 | Posted by: Marguerite Dennis

“While I didn't have the pleasure of working with Bill at Suffolk, I have had the pleasure of hearing all about him....and wishing I worked with him! ...Read More »
23 of 27 | Posted by: Donna Grand Pre - Boston, MA

“Bill was such a kind and gentle soul. His humor was the best, always a smile. ”
24 of 27 | Posted by: Michael Dwyer - Bourne, MA

“Wishing him peace and eternal grace. What a pleasure it was to encounter him during all the years I worked at Suffolk. He was never at a loss...Read More »
25 of 27 | Posted by: Roseanne Sheehan Monarch - Boston

“Mr. Coughlin (as he was always known to me) was my debate couch in Sharon High School, and a mentor. That was very long ago. He taught me the key...Read More »
26 of 27 | Posted by: Max Stern - JAMAICA PLAIN, MA

“Dear Suzanne and Maureen, I am very sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. He was always such a kind, caring man....with a smile for everyone. May...Read More »
27 of 27 | Posted by: Laura Bushlow - Stoughton, MA


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STOUGHTON----William Francis Coughlin, 91, died at Milton Hospital on August 13, 2021. A long time resident of Stoughton, Bill was born in Brockton in 1929, on the cusp of the Great Depression to the late William and Mary Coughlin. He frequently claimed that the cost of his birth was a mere $35 and a bowl of chicken soup, always leaving open the question of whether his parents had paid too much.

A product of the Brockton schools, Bill graduated with honors from the College of the Holy Cross in 1951 and completed his master's degree in education at Boston University before serving in the United States Army while stationed in Heidelberg, Germany.

Bill never wandered far from education, first as a high school English and social studies teacher in Putnam, CT and Sharon, MA and then as director of guidance for the Canton school system. In 1966, Bill became the director of admissions for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and School of Management at Suffolk University, a position he held and cherished for 29 years.

Bill met, shared a dance floor and then fell in love with and married the very fortunate Marion Glynn from Watertown who survives him. Together they raised 5 hellions in a house that was too small for such commotion. The brood included William (Barbara), Joan McGreal (Richard), Maureen Mulvey (Robert), Paul (Carole), and Suzanne. There are nine grandchildren, each loved equally, and 4 great grandchildren who round out Bill's legacy. His two sisters, Sr. Maureen Coughlin, SCN and Eleanor predeceased him.