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March 23, 2014
What a delightful human being Bill was. I feel privileged to have met him. He is one of my ideals of graceful aging. My great condolences to the family.
March 23, 2014
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
March 23, 2014
I left Neenah after graduating from high school and didn't return until ten years later, uncertain whether I would ever again feel at home there. On one of my first forays downtown, I ran into Bill Dunwiddie. Although I had never been in one of Bill's classes, Bill greeted me by name and engaged me as an equal in a conversation about the city and its parks. This made me feel like Jacob must have felt in the Book of Isaiah, when the Lord said to him, "I have called you by name. You are mine."

I ran into Bill a number of times after that, and I was always impressed with his friendliness, his concern for the community, his humility, and his good-humored optimism. Even after he moved to Oshkosh, he continued to care deeply about Neenah and was often seen downtown and at its parks.

I count myself lucky for having known Bill. I'm grateful that he chose Neenah as a place to live and work. I will never forget him.

P.S. It seems fitting that, when it was time for Bill to leave the Neenah area, he ended up in Montana, since his sustained engagement with the world around him reminds me of Montana's Norman Maclean:

"As I get considerably beyond the biblical allotment of three score years and ten, I feel with increasing intensity that I can express my gratitude for still being around on the oxygen-side of the earth's crust only by not standing pat on what I have hitherto known and loved. While oxygen lasts, there are still new things to love, especially if compassion is a form of love."

--Norman Maclean, Young Men and Fire
March 23, 2014
I am very sorry to hear this. I was thinking about the Dunwiddies just the other day and wondering if Bill was still around I have great memories of being in their house visiting, and being good friends with Pete. Pete, I hope you are doing well. I know how difficult the passing of a parent is.
March 23, 2014
Mr. Dunwiddie was an enthusiasic teacher who prefaced each class with a saying: "A rut is just a grave with the ends knocked out" comes to mind after all these years. I ran into him at the Fox Valley Unitarian group two summers ago; I don't think he remembered me, but he was gracious and cheerful and made me feel welcome nonetheless. We had some pretty fine teachers back at NHS and he was one of the best.

Nancy Glover McCartney
NHS Class of 1959
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