As the current Eminent Scholar in Community Education, Bill and I shared a lot of conversations about the history of the field and all its great founders. Bill was a walking historian and a legendary advocate for community education. He inspired more people that can be counted nationwide and will be missed. The void that has been created with his lost and that of Dr. Larry Decker in this year is tremendous.
Bill and I were office mates--across the hall from one another. I was his tech support when he could not operate his computer or printer (which I think he broke on purpose so he could have someone to talk to instead of a machine). I think he just wanted an excuse to not mess with the technology.
I loved to see his eyes light up when he retold his stories about Mott and Melby and all the other greats. I saw that same intensity when he talked to his doctoral students that understood the significance of paying homage to the past in their work.
I will miss him. I have his "Eminent Scholar rocking chair". He did not get to see that I was having it restored for him to sit and visit. He did get to see the "preface" to the "technology book related to community education" that he is going to be in January 2013--that is a bit ironic that the non-techie is leaving his legacy for others to follow. Miss you, Bill. Val