William Edward McCarron (b. June 10, 1910, d. February 26, 1999), father of Dr. William "Bill" Edwards McCarron was born and raised in eastern Massachusetts. He graduated from Lexington (MA) High School in 1927 and received his BA in English from Harvard in 1932. He was the son of first generation parents (Michael and Margaret) whose families immigrated from Ireland and Italy, respectively. He had two sisters, Helen and Frances.
After college he worked at various jobs, finally settling on casualty insurance where he worked for the next 45 years (ca. 1935-1980). He worked for General Accident in New Haven from 1942-1946 and in Springfield, MA from 1947-1957. He then worked for Lynford Shmisskiss Insurance Agency in Lynn, MA, until he retired.
He married Frances Emma Edwards, of Winthrop, MA, December 1, 1939, and had three children: William, Thomas and Elizabeth. The family lived in West Springfield, MA ('46-'57) then in Marblehead, MA, ('57-'80). After retirement, they moved to Englewood, FL, for four years until his wife developed stomach cancer in 1984. After his wife's death, McCarron married Margaret Dreis (Nov 2, 1990) and they lived in Pensacola, FL, until McCarron's death.
Note that William Edward McCarron is not actually a “Senior”, nor is his son, Dr. William "Bill" Edwards McCarron technically a “Junior” because Professor Bill McCarron’s middle name comes from his mother’s maiden name and ends with an “s” while his father’s middle name uses the traditional given name spelling of Edward, without the “s”. This is noted here to help the researcher avoid confusion since, as of this writing, the collections of both Dr. William "Bill" Edwards McCarron and his father, William Edward McCarron, are housed in the Special Collections Department at Texas A&M Univesity-Commerce.