William Greenough Thayer
Thayer taught at Groton School, from 1889–1894, before being appointed headmaster of St. Mark's School, a post he held for 36 years until 1930. During this period, Thayer made numerous improvements to the school and its reputation rose to be amongst the most prominent private schools in the country.
Eight or ten times in the school year, Thayer would leave school to marry his alumni. From the Time article: Imposing is his Record at Socialite Weddings, for Loyal St. Mark's Grooms will have no other Cleric.
He was known by staff and students as "Twill".
His wife was Violet Otis (17 January 1871 – 16 November 1962), daughter of William C. and Margaret (Sigourney) Otis of Boston.
They married in Boston on 1 June 1891. They had five sons and two daughters:
- "Twill". Time Magazine. 1929-12-02. Retrieved 2008-08-09. Time article on his retirement in 1930
- The Rev. William Greenough Thayer | Rectors and Vicars | Parish History | St. Andrew's Episcopal Church - Ayer, Massachusetts at www.standrewsayer.org Biography