Mason Mourns Passing of BOV Member William Soza

Posted: April 25, 2011 at 1:06 am, Last Updated: April 25, 2011 at 10:11 am

By Daniel Walsch

William Soza

William Soza, secretary of the George Mason University Board of Visitors and member since 2005, died on Friday, April 22, at Inova Fairfax Hospital.

Soza was originally appointed to the Board of Visitors by former Virginia governor Mark Warner.

“We at George Mason University are deeply saddened at the passing of Will Soza,” says Mason President Alan Merten.

“Since 2005, when he first joined the Board of Visitors, we have been the beneficiaries of his leadership, support and advocacy. Just as important, Will was a good and caring man and a good friend to us all. My wife, Sally, and I treasured the friendship of Will and his wife, Susan. He will be greatly missed. Our hearts are with his family in this tragic time,” Merten says.

Soza was the founder of Soza & Company Ltd., an accounting, management and technical consulting service firm.

Under his leadership, the firm was named as a top 100 federal information technology prime contractor by Washington Technology Magazine in 2002, a Community Trustee Award-Business by Leadership Fairfax Inc. in 2001, an Inc. 500 Company in 1998 and the Corporation of the Year by the Greater Washington Ibero-American Chamber of Commerce in 1998.

Soza was recognized as the national Hispanic businessman of the year in 1998 by the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. The following year he was recognized as one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in the United States by Hispanic Business Magazine.

At the time of his passing, he served on several boards, including the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Inc., Corporate Advisory Board and the John Marshall Bank, formerly Security One Bank.

The family will receive friends at the Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home, 9902 Braddock Road, Fairfax, Va. 22032 on Monday, April 25, 2011 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, April 26, at the Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, 8601 Wolftrap Road, Vienna, Va. 22183 at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be on Wednesday, April 27, at Mt. Hebron Cemetery, Winchester, Va.

Memorial Contributions in his name may be made to the Catholic Charities,, Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation,, or to the Hispanic College Fund,

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