ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Gray Television, Inc. announced today that William E. Mayher, III, the Chairman of the Board since August 1993, passed away peacefully yesterday in Athens, Georgia. He was 77 years old.
Dr. Mayher had been an active member of the board, serving on and chairing virtually every Board committee at various times. For over twenty years, he provided stability and reliable leadership as Gray transformed itself from a small newspaper publisher and broadcaster into one of the largest pure-play television groups in the country.
"We are saddened by the loss of our Chairman, Billy Mayher," said Hilton H. Howell, Jr., Vice-Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Billy's tremendous strength of character was as great as his remarkable humility for all that this brilliant man achieved – and gave – throughout his life. Gray is a better company because of Billy's leadership, and we will continue to dedicate ourselves to the values that he imparted to us."
Dr. Mayher had a long and distinguished career as a neurosurgeon in Albany for three decades.
He served as Chairman of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia; Chairman of the Medical College of Georgia Foundation Board; and Chairman of the Albany Regional Airport Commission.
He also served on numerous boards, including the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame Board.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 3, 2016, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 212 N Jefferson Street in Albany.