During my 34 years at the Houston Chronicle Billy Ralls was my supervisor in the Credit Dept. for about a year in a temporary position. I transferred to another department and later he became the director of administrative services. We began a friendship that lasted until we both retired. I found Bill to be a kind, compassionate and caring person, always encouraging employees in his department to do their best. He wanted all to succeed. I was saddened to hear of his passing. John and I both send our deepest sympathy to the family.