Former ALTA Executive Vice President Passes Away
|August 30, 2012|
William McAuliffe Jr., who served as executive vice president of the American Land Title Association from 1965-1984, passed away Thursday, Aug. 30, in his home at the age of 90.
McAuliffe served as senior vice president for ALTA until 1988 and returned in 2002 to work on the association’s Title Insurance Regulatory Survey, which contains laws, regulations and customs of the title insurance industry in every state and the District of Columbia. Into the month of August, Bill served as a historian and advisor to ALTA staff. Besides being an honorary member of ALTA, he’s an honorary member of the Michigan, Pennsylvania and New Jersey state land title associations.
“Bill was a wealth of knowledge and we were fortunate to have him continue to offer his expertise for the betterment of ALTA and the title industry he loved,” said Michelle Korsmo, ALTA chief executive officer. “Bill was a genuine and compassionate person who was a tireless ambassador of the title industry. The affection that title professionals have for Bill is reflected by honorary membership bestowed on him by ALTA and three state land title associations.”
McAuliffe always said ALTA was very fortunate for its member involvement in association activities and that he enjoyed working with members of the Executive Committee, the Board of Governors and committees. He considered many of ALTA’s members as good friends.
During McAuliffe’s time with ALTA, the association dealt with many of the same issues it faces today, including accusations that title insurance costs are too high. In 1969, former Sen. William Proxmire (D-Wis.) requested a study on title insurance premiums “to protect homebuyers against unreasonably high closing costs.” The request was denied. Another issue was the lack of understanding of title insurance.
Some notable highlights during McAuliffe’s tenure as executive vice president of ALTA include: