Businessman, Philanthropist

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Joseph J. Mathy, 92, a Fairfax County businessman who made his fortune in construction, real estate, farming and
banking, and later donated more than $1 million in property and endowments to George Mason University, died Feb. 11
at Inova Fairfax Hospital of pneumonia. He was a Fairfax County resident.

In 1983, Mr. Mathy sold a home at a reduced price to George Mason University. The "Mathy House" now serves as the
university president's official home. In 2005, he gave another home, along with 10 acres that surround the property of
the Mathy House. A third house was sold to the university in 2008.

From 1936 to 1960, Mr. Mathy owned and operated the Mathy Co., a sheet metal business in Fairfax City. Beginning in
the mid-1960s, he started to invest in commercial real estate in the Washington region.

Joseph Jules Mathy was born in Fairfax City and graduated from  
McKinley Technical High School in Washington in
1933. He served in the Army from 1944 to 1946 and was stationed in Germany during the Allied occupation.
In 1996, he gave money to George Mason to help support faculty and research.

He was a founding member of the old Potomac Bank and Trust and served as chairman of the board in 1965.
He also was a founding member of the Church of the Apostles in Fairfax County.

His wife of 64 years, Sarah Garland Mathy, died in 2002.

Survivors include his wife of five years, Liliana Mathy of Fairfax County; two children from his first marriage, Garland
Mathy Cantone of Arlington County and Joseph J. Mathy Jr. of Broken Arrow, Okla.; and three grandchildren.

-- Lauren Wiseman
Joseph J. Mathy