Bill grew up on a farm in White Salmon, WA. He enlisted and served in the U.S. Army 1951-1954. Served in combat in Korea with the 3rd Inf. Div. He worked in many jobs, beginning at age 7: farm worker, truck and heavy equipment operator, logger and forester, welder and machinist.
Graduated BS Washington State University 1958, MS NC State University 1960, PhD. Colorado State University 1970. Bill worked 35 years in the field of adhesive-bonded wood composites. Research at Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR; the US Forest Products Lab, Madison, WI; and Weyerhaeuser Co. R&D, Federal Way, WA. He published more than 50 research papers in this field.
Bill enjoyed traveling and camping with his family, and fishing, hunting and hiking, especially his daily walks in the desert with his dogs the last 15 years. Bill and Judy moved to Tucson (SaddleBrooke), AZ in 2000 from the gloomy Seattle-Tacoma area and began a wonderful 15 years of happy retirement activities.
Bill said that his two main regrets were being born too early for the sexual revolution and never winning the Publisher’s Clearinghouse Sweepstakes. Bill will be remembered for his devotion to his family, love for nature and his dogs, dry wit, gun expertise and strong political views.