William D. "Bill" AMIS
1925 - 2017
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AMIS, William D. "Bill" William D. Amis (Bill), Professor Emeritus, Georgia State University, bookstore founder, and opera lover who was always ready to set out on a new adventure, died at home January 18 at the age of 91. Bill was known for his intellectual curiosity, his warm smile, the sparkle in his eyes, and the deep respect with which he held others. The cause of death was congestive heart failure. He is survived by his wife of forty-two years, Paula Stephan Amis; son, David Amis and his partner Jonathan DeLoach of Atlanta, Ga.; two sisters, Ruth Amis Clark, of Greenwood, S.C., and Fran Amis Lowrimore, of Hemingway, S.C.; three generations of nieces and nephews; and a multitude of friendships spanning generations and continents. The eldest child of Thomas Broadus (T.B.) Amis and Ruth Jackson Amis, Bill was born August 13, 1925, in Brownwood, Texas, where his father was the head football coach of Howard Payne University. In 1932 the family moved to a farm near Newberry, S.C. Bill graduated from Newberry High School in 1942. He attended Newberry College and Johns Hopkins University before being inducted into the Army in the summer of 1945. One of his first assignments in the Office of the Theater Chaplain was to deliver matzos for Passover to military personnel in Paris. Of this experience, he wrote his parents, "Again, and again and again I thought there's nothing, there can be nothing quite like Paris," a conviction he firmly held for the rest of his life. Subsequently he edited the Occupation Chronicle, a weekly publication of the Department of Information and Education. After military service, he enrolled in Swarthmore College and graduated with a double major in sociology and psychology in 1949. He went on to do doctoral studies in sociology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and received his PhD in 1959. Bill joined the faculty of the Department of Sociology at Georgia State University in 1955. After leaving to take positions first at Emory University and then Wake Forest University, he returned to Georgia State in 1961. He held the rank of professor. He retired from Georgia State in 1988. With Mark Stevens, Bill founded The Science Fiction and Mystery Book Shop in the Virginia-Highlands neighborhood of Atlanta in 1983; the shop was known for hosting signings by well-known authors. Bill loved the English language and shared this love, along with his considerable proficiency in the language, by editing books and articles for younger colleagues and scholars, including his wife. He enjoyed other languages as well and was a serious student of German, French, and Italian. He was an avid reader of non-fiction. Bill was an opera enthusiast and considered himself fortunate to have attended performances in cities across the US and Europe, as well as in Sydney and Buenos Aires. He traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia; his first destination in any city was the art museum. For the past 16 years, Bill and Paula have spent part of each year in Paris, where they keep an apartment, and in recent years also in Turin, Italy, where Paula worked at the University of Turin. His remains will be cremated and his ashes scattered by the family in a private ceremony. A memorial service will be held in the theater of The Paideia School, 1509 Ponce De Leon Ave, March 4 at 4:30 pm, with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that gifts be made in his memory to the Georgia State University Foundation, directed to the Amis Stephan Endowment for Undergraduate Retention (Fund 020393), or to the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

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Published in Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Jan. 24, 2017.
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January 31, 2017
Please accept my deepest condolences.
January 30, 2017
Bill - so wonderful and charming, we keep him in our memories.
Carolin Haeussler
January 25, 2017
Please accept our condolences. You are in our thoughts.
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Marolyn-Lucy Gentles
January 24, 2017
I am very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
January 24, 2017
Bill's "joie de vivre", his curiosity and his openness of mind will be an ever-lasting source of inspiration for me. I feel very fortunate to have been able to share many moments with Paula and him
Reinhilde Veugelers
January 24, 2017
My deepest condolences to the family for your loss.Psalms 90:10 says that the days of our years are 70 years,And if because of special mightiness they are 80 years.He was very special indeed!
m b
January 24, 2017
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Psalms 46:1 --C.C.
January 24, 2017
My sincere condolences to the family during this difficult time. May you receive comfort and peace from above. Hosea 13:14
January 24, 2017
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
January 24, 2017
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Rev. 21:4
January 24, 2017
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
January 24, 2017
My deepest sympathies to the family.
January 24, 2017
My deepest condolences for the loss of your loved one. Please look to the God of all comfort and rely on him through prayer. James 5:13a
January 24, 2017
Our Heavenly Father is near those broken-hearted and crushed in spirit. (Psa. 34.18). --AH
January 24, 2017
May the God of all comfort be with you during this difficult time
January 24, 2017
Offering my deepest sympathy to the Amis family. May the peace of God comfort you through this most difficult time.
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