I've been moved to tears reading many of the entries in this space and realize that all of us have had the same impressions. The entries pay tribute to a man admired by all who were acquainted with him, much less if you had the privilege of a friendship with Bill.
I knew Bill during our medical school years, from 1984-88. He was my roomate for most of that time and my closeset friend during those tough years. Don't know if I would have gotten through it without Bill's sense of humor.
Early on in our first year, as all the students prepared for our first exam we were all very wound up not sure what to expect. Even Bill seemed affected by the pressure, and stayed up late and got up early to study. This went on for several days until he suddenly blurted out " this is not like me" and from then on while studying Bill approached his study time differently and would often don some old surgical greens and a shower cap in preparation.
He'ld often pick up his guitar during a study break and play something. He soon set up his drums in the den and occasionally John Payne would drop by and they would play a set together.
He also had other antics he was famous for like the time during a study break when he gave a "lecture", complete with pointer and anatomic chart on " the anatomy and physiology of the human anus". I laughed so hard my belly hurt.
We had many good experiences together, many of which came out of the ordinary stuff of life-- driving into together to class, the occasional fishing trip, enjoying a meal together. After med school we went to California as a last hurrah before residency. Bill enjoyed, I think his first backpacking trip. We had snow in June at Yosemite and got caught in a squall as powerful wind and snow came down as we sat above the treeline on an 11,000 ft. peak. Bill was suffering a bit of altitude sickness but never lost his cool and we got through it.
I could go on and on as I'm sure many of us could, relating experiences that illustrate the personality and character of Bill but I'm preaching to the choir. Everyone hear already knows that Bill was a great man who loved his Lord, his family, his patients and life. Even though I've not been in close touch with Bill for 20 years I miss him greatly and cannot imagine the pain you, his family feel at this time. I can only say, inadequately, that you all will remain in my prayers.May God bless you and keep you as you persevere during your loss.