William Lehmann

Obituary of William B. Lehmann

William Boettcher Lehmann of Glastonbury and Westbrook, CT. died peacefully  at home on anuary 19, 2024 surrounded by his loving family.   He was the devoted husband of Joyce Donnellan Lehmann.  Born in Troy, Alabama on September 11, 1933, Bill was the son of William and Friedel Boettcher Lehmann.  Bill’s family moved to Montgomery, Georgia then to Washington D.C. and eventually to White Plains, New York where he spent the majority of his youth.. Following graduation from White Plains High School, he studied at M.I.T. where he participated in the Cooperative Course program with General Electric that led to simultaneous B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering. While at M.I.T. he also enjoyed rowing on the Crew Team, and was a member of Theta Chi Fraternity, The distinguished scholarship Society of Tau Beta Pi,  Eta Kappa Nu, the national Electrical Engineering Honor Society and Sigma Xi which honors excellence in scientific research. He served in the Air Force for two years as Senior Industrial Specialist in Washington, D.C.,and at the Cambridge Research Center, and in the Azores, Morocco, and Spain.  He graduated from Yale Medical School in 1963.  Following his Internship and Residency at Duke University Medical Center in 1968, he established a private practice in otorhinolaryngology in Hartford, CT. where he was on the active staff of Hartford Hospital and the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center  He retired after 43 years in practice. Dr. Lehmann was on the Founding Board of Directors initially involved in the formation of ConnectiCare.  He served on the task forces established to determine the feasibility of starting an IPA form of HMO. He was past president of the advisory committee for The Hartford Surgical Center.  He was also President of the Hartford Health Services Board, and served on the teaching faculty of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.  He was a member of the Cardinal and Gray Society of the MIT Hartford Club.  


Bill and Joyce enjoyed international travel and journeyed extensively throughout the world.   He was a skilled woodworking craftsman, an invaluable “ Mr. Fix-it”, an avid reader, and an amateur photographer. He had a pervasive curiosity about everything. 


His grandchildren, blessed with his gentle wisdom and love were his special passion, and they deeply loved and admired their “Buddy Grampy”. 

Bill’s passing will be greatly mourned by his wife Joyce, his daughter Dr. Susan Lehmann and her wife Debra of Washington D.C.  daughter Cynthia Poglitsch and her husband Randy of Windsor Connecticut, son Brian Octigan of Phoenix Arizona, daughter Erin-Anne Kalkus and her husband Trent of Marlborough, Connecticut, his beautiful grandchildren Grant Kalkus and Emily Poglistch, his sister, Elizabeth Roberts and her husband, Russell of RockPort,Texas and his many friends and professional associates.  


"Always brave enough to question what we believe." Services will be at the convenience of the family. For online condolences please visit www.mulryanfh.com 

Remember his face. Remember his voice. Remember his smile. Remember how much he loved you.  

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