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Payroll programmer dies

- February 27, 2006

William Mars, a computer programmer for the payroll department, died Feb. 11 in a car accident. He was 24.

Mars, who lived in Waterbury, graduated from UConn in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and engineering.

He played a key role in the development and administration of TAS, the University’s online time and attendance system.

“He was a brilliant programmer,” says Jennifer Person, director of the payroll department. “He had a natural ability to solve problems using technology.”

She adds, “He was a gentleman – quiet, well-mannered, and very professional. He also had a great sense of humor. He was an amazing person who will be missed.”

Mars will be remembered as a good friend and devoted family member.

“He was the most gentle, caring, and sincere friend anyone could possibly have,” says Emmanuel Galema. “He was my roommate and one of my best friends. His smile brought light into any room. He was intelligent and ambitious and loved his family and friends dearly.”

John Zou, a friend, says, “Will was a person who always looked out for his family and friends. He connected with everyone and they connected with him. He knew how to make everyone smile and laugh.”

A graduate of Crosby High School in Waterbury, Mars played on the school’s football team. He also played bass guitar in a church band.

He is survived by his father, Jean Abel Mars, his mother Miriane, his brother Samuel, and his sister Susan.

For information on memorial donations, call Payroll at 860-486-2423.  

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