May 26, 2018

Sivan 12, 5778


PNC William Carmen


Tevet 17, 5765

May 27, 1919 to December 28, 2004

Past National Commander William Carmen, whom everyone called Bill, was born in Salem, Massachusetts. He graduated from Boston University in 1941. He was President of Carmen Management Company, a family business in Newton, Ma from 1941 to 1992. During WWII, Bill served in the United States Navy. Bill joined the JWV as a member of the Zelmeyer Post in Newton, MA where he served as Post Commander. In 1954, he served as Department Commander for the Department of Ma. He began a program in the Department called, “Classmates Today – Neighbors Tomorrow” Brotherhood Program. This program encompassed the High Schools in MA and present over $5,000 in scholarships to selected students. Bill served as Chairman of the JWV National Executive Committee from 1955-56 and was elected National Commander in 1956-57. In the community, Bill served as the chairman of the Newton Housing Authority. He was elected as an Alderman in the City of Newton in 1962 and served until 1971. At the age of 53, Bill began his running career and competed in Masters races. He won many medals, including the Gold medal in the united States, Masters 300 hurdles. In 1994, he was a player and manager of the Florida Diamonds softball team for players 75 years old and older – the team won the World Series. Bill also attended Worcester Academy and was a member of the Intramural track team, which now carries his name and was a member of the Boston University track team when he attended that school. In addition, he was a former owner of the Cape Cod Melody Tent Music Theatre. In the mid 980’s, Mr. Stephan Ross, a Holocaust survivor, approached Bill with the idea of establishing a New England Holocaust Memorial. Bill gave a generous donation to the cause and became chairman of the committee. Bill and Mr. Ross approached Boston Mayer, Thomas Menino, to donate a parcel of land near Boston City Hall, to house the Holocaust Memorial. In 1995, the six glass towers of the New England Holocaust memorial were constructed in a park on Congress Street in Boston, now known as the Beverly and William Carmen Park. Bill and his wife Beverly had three daughters, Jane, Dawn, and Ruby; six grandchildren; and one great grandchild. He also had two sisters, Charlotte and Beatrice, and a brother, Milton.

U.S. Navy

Served the country honorably.

Highest JWV Position

National Commander

Post or Auxiliary

Zelmeyer Post