The National Catholic Risk Retention Group, Inc.

801 Warrenville Road, Suite 175, Lisle, Illinois  60532-4334 l Phone: (630) 725-0986 l Fax: (630) 725-1374

In Memoriam – Brother William Walz, FSC


On October 4th, 2010, The National Catholic Risk Retention Group, Inc. lost a great friend, highly valued counselor, and loyal and devoted servant – Brother William Walz, FSC, who went home to the Lord after a valiant battle with cancer.
Brother William was a De La Salle Christian Brother for 43 years. He entered the novitiate at Glencoe, MO in 1966 and professed final vows in 1977. He earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Ambrose College in Davenport, Iowa, a master’s degree from Michigan State University, and an MBA from Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois. Early in his career, Brother William was an educator at schools in Lansing, Michigan, Addison, Illinois and at De la Salle Institute in Chicago. He served as superintendent of La Salle Manor Retreat Center in Plano, Illinois and was the bursar at Lewis University for four years before being named President/CEO of Christian Brothers Services, where he served until he retired in January 2008.
During his ministry, Brother William served with distinction on many boards and professional associations, including the Church Benefits Association, the Church Alliance and The National Catholic Risk Retention Group, Inc. (TNCRRG).
He was an original member of the Steering Committee that first met in 1986 and which eventually established TNCRRG. He became a TNCRRG Director in 1991 and served in that role until his death. He also ably chaired the TNCRRG Investment Committee and the TNCRRG Winter Meeting Committee for many years. In every instance, his service was characterized by deep insight, wisdom, clarity, dedication and diligence. His demeanor was consistently calm, accessible, cheerful, supportive and humble. He had a great ability to listen closely to contentious discussions and then to politely and quietly intervene with a well-reasoned, and always fair, compromise solution.
We were blessed to have had his service and to have experienced his friendship. He will be sorely missed, but never forgotten. May he rest in the peace of the Lord!