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September 19, 2017

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January 02, 2014
What a great guy. My condolences to Kathy, Lydia, Sean, Anna and Helena.
December 23, 2013
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Dear Kathy

I have just caught up with the news of Bill's passing.

It saddened me very greatly.

In the early years when Bill and I were both single, I spent a lot of time with Bill, both hanging around his house with Sean and Lydia, when they were there for the summers, and also downtown at the Red Dog, the Triangle, and the Crystal (Ox), etc. Not to mention the endless hours brother Gary painting the Princeton Hall and the outings with Bill on it over the years.

A classic Bill tidbit - My first argument in front of the Alaska Supreme Court was in the Beck Construction case. I was up in Anchorage a day early and happened to run into Bill. I think he was up there for a follow-on appeal in the Stambaugh v. University of Alaska case. Bob Boochever tried to make me feel comfortable, but I was plenty nervous and had a gazillion 3x5 cards spread out over every inch of counsel's table with highlighters, paperclips, etc. The court allowed Bill to come up and sit with me during the argument of my case.

Bill invited me to stay and sit at counsel's table when it was time for his argument. When he opened his briefcase there were three and only three things in it. A trumpet mouthpiece, a Ben Franklin wig and a legal yellow pad that had just a couple of lines scribbled on it.

That's was it!

Great conversations, sly intelligent humor, lover of music, a thoughtful, kind, and considerate man. If you knew him you almost had to like him.

We are all diminished by his passing.

Here's a picture of the Juneau Douglas Marching Band in 1978, I think. You can see Bill in the 6th row back up in the right hand corner.

Say hi to the kids for me.

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December 19, 2013
Kathy, we were very sorry to hear of Bill's passing. He not only participated so willingly in every office he took on but he was an inspirational guy in his quiet (without trumpet)way.
December 19, 2013
Dear Kathy: I just learned today of Bill's passing. Like so many others I am very sad. He was always so courteous and friendly with a great smile. I always enjoyed saying hello to you two. My thoughts are with you and your family
December 16, 2013
Dear Kathy and Family
I was saddened to see that Bill as passed. He will always be remembered by the "AHS Class of '55". I was happy to have both of you to our class reunion. RIP
December 06, 2013
Dear Kathy,

From 90th I had a pleasure to know Bill and you and even had a privilege to host Bill in my apartment in Moscow for a week within one of his trips to Russia when he helped us to develop the first class legal practice in Russia and specifically to build our practice [and lawyers] in the Russian Far East. I enjoyed all our conversations within the last two decades in Moscow, Vladivostok, and Sakhalin. My condolences to you and your Family.
December 05, 2013
Dear Kathy,
My deepest sympathy to you and family. I had many good conversations over the years with Bill and thoroughly, enjoyed his wit, knowledge,life experiences and commitment to whatever he was involved in, ie, work, Rotary, music,education, community ,etc.
He was a good man and I much appreciated and enjoyed his friendship.

Les Spickler
Tumwater Wa.
December 04, 2013
Dear Kathy, I have fond memories of Bill, from the early days of my law career, when Fred Baxter pitted me against the likes of Jim Bradley and Jim Clark, and after they had beat me up, Bill would find a way to make it feel as if it was all OK, and that it was all in the natural order of things for the younger guy to take it in the chin. I know you were the love of his life, and that you will miss him beyond measure. My thoughts are with you.
Steven Marks
Portland Oregon
December 03, 2013
Dear Kathy,
While Suzanne and I knew of Bill's heroic struggle to continue his life with you and the family through your postings, news of his passing comes sadly as a reminder of how fragile we all are. Please know we are thinking of you at this time and are hopeful Bill's memory brings you comfort. As Bill's former law partner, I have many memories. His wisdom and maturity always thoughtful and , frequently,laced with humor. His wonderful appreciation of music and theater and curiosity about other places and other things. I will miss him as will many, many others.
May all these memories and more to come help keep you strong .
Take care.
Leroy and Suzanne
December 03, 2013
Bill was a great friend. I am deeply saddened by his passing. He will be missed.

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Juneau Marching Band - Bill - 2nd row from back right side