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William Rawle Weeks Jr.

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William Rawle Weeks Jr. "Bill" was born in Denver on October 23, 1920, to a prominent Wyoming frontier family, and died peacefully at his home in that city on May 5, 2009. He was an award winning author, a passionate pilot and ran a small, successful family oil company. Bill attended Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire and graduated from Stanford in 1943. After the army, he joined the CIA in the early 1950s, working on and off over the years for the Agency. He published "Knock and Wait a While" in 1957, winning the Mystery Writers of America "Edgar Allan Poe" Award for best first novel. A staunch supporter of the Democratic Party, Bill did advance work on the campaigns of several state and national candidates, including Senator Edmund Muskie's vice-presidential campaign in 1968. He was in Mississippi in 1971 to help ensure black citizens the right to vote during Charles Evers campaign for governor and crossed party lines briefly in 1972 to work for Republican anti-Vietnam war candidate Pete McCloskey, who was challenged President Richard M. Nixon in the New Hampshire primary. Bill resided for long periods in Washington, DC, Denver and the SF Bay Area. He often flew his single-engine planes across the continent and around Mexico, and was a constant world traveler. Survived by his second wife, Sarah Bushong Weeks; children, Tacy Hahn and Stephen Weeks; four grandchildren; as well as his first wife Suzanne S. Weeks.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on May 17, 2009
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