I was saddened to learn of Bill's passing, as I know my mother, Martha (Bears) Rich, was. Pony was her roommate at Simmons and much beloved friend thereafter. My mom knew Bill, through Pony, even before they were married. We knew something was amiss when a Christmas card she sent to Bill was returned yesterday, so I did a search online for her, and then called to tell her what I had learned. She reflected quietly “We [meaning she and Pony] used to babysit for his kids.” I can't tell you when or where that would have been. I met him only once or twice, but the last time he and Pony visited my mom in Boston (ten years ago?) it was sweet to see how relaxed and enduring their friendship was. My sincere condolences to his family.