I met Bill in the late 1950's where we worked as student gardeners in the UCB Botanical Gardens. We struck up a friendship lasting 60+ years. He was a brilliant scholar, supporting the deeper understandings of Franz Boas and Carl O. Sauer against the then more superficial treatments by American anthropologists. We had many summer adventures hiking, canoeing, camping, and exploring wilderness areas of the PNW. I consider him a treasured mentor, leading me to become a lifelong advocate for conservation of natural ecosystems, in my own long (50+) teaching career. He will be sorely missed, but fondly remembered for his wit, creativity, and ability to 'read' geological stories in landscapes (volcanism, avalanches, the great Missoula Flood, etc). Bill was prescient in realizing the impact of modern civilization on the ecological crisis; his
academic works should be more widely known. Read 'How it Came to be' (1999) by Bill.