William Mahony O'Brien
November 13, 1917
May 8, 1985
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI
1938-39 Loyola University - Chicago (College)
1940-41 Chicago Bruins (NBL)
After playing at Loyola, O'Brien payed for the Bruins while studying law. He left law school and the NBL to join the FBI in 1941, working with the counter-espionage unit. After the war, he returned to Loyola to finish his law degree. He worked in labor relations for Ford Aircraft and then Chrylser, retiring in 1980. He formed a consulting company where he worked in retirement.
He married Mary Jane Bryar (1917-1985) in 1944 and they had three daughters; Maureen Doyle, Kathleen Fox and Margaret O'Brien.
On the morning of May 8, 1985, O'Brien and his wife were both killed in a house fire at their home. The police determined it was arson.
Newspaper Story, May 16, 1985, Grosse Pointe News