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William Elmer Bicker

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William Elmer Bicker Obituary
February 17, 1940 - October 8, 2016 William Elmer (Bill) Bicker died peacefully on Saturday, October 8, 2016 with family present. Bill was born February 17th, 1940 in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. He graduated from Mayfield High School in 1958 where he was class president, captain of the basketball team and captain of the football team. He received a B.A. in political science from Case Western Reserve University in 1962 and went on to complete his doctorate in political science at Indiana University. He married his high school sweetheart Gail (nee Williamson) in 1960. In 1966, they moved with their three young children to northern California where Bill had the opportunity to teach political science at the University of California Berkeley during a very turbulent time in the school and country's history. Bill enjoyed politics and was involved in several national, state and local campaigns during this time. After leaving Cal in the late 70's, Bill was hired by Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO- Solar) to lobby Congress and the California Legislature for tax credits to support the early growth of America's solar energy industry. After leaving ARCO-Solar, Bill later served as Transportation Advisor to then Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley. During his work for Mayor Bradley, Bill helped establish a traffic mitigation plan for the 1984 Olympics which was heralded by locals and visitors as a major success. In 2006 Bill received a heart transplant at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, and, up until his recent death from pancreatic cancer, Bill was proudly one of the program's longest living recipients. At 6'4', Bill enjoyed frequent comparisons to George Hamilton and Alan Alda. His Midwestern roots always on display, Bill had a kind and thoughtful nature. He was quick to encourage his children that there was no bar too high. He enjoyed spending time with his long-time companion Nancy Braden-Parker, and was an animal lover to the end. Bill is survived by his three children William Elmer Bicker Jr. and his wife Elena, Lisa Bicker Martin and her husband Jeff, and Gwyn Bicker Hime and her husband Rex. He left behind four beautiful grandchildren Rex, Reagan, Roman and Jane. He is also survived by two loving sisters Lucia Strater (Ray) and Gail Rye (Richard), their loving children and several other loving relatives. An Observance of Bill's life will be held on November 23rd in La Jolla, California.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Oct. 18 to Oct. 23, 2016
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