Stories About Bill

the ways he inspired us

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From Mary S. Stowell

I only met Bill a few times in the 1980’s when I was volunteering at Fred Hutch, but he remained indelible in my mind. I so appreciated his directness and clarity. I will never again take Martin Luther King Jr. day for granted.

May he rest peacefully after his work in the world.

From Lucy Dickinson

Dear Lisette, my condolences to you and your family. Your Dad was a great figure in my childhood, at the helm of multiple camping trips like the one to Ruby beach and beyond, teaching me the visualization techniques that stayed with me ever since! Kind and friendly, he was met definitely in the cool Dad category! I got to volunteer with him at his clinic and learn how to work with children who were sensitive patients. He took an interest into how I was and where my life was going.

He took an interest into how I was and where my life was going. I remember your Dad and my Dad talking together those many times  I got picked up at your house, and now I can imagine them continuing the conversation just in another place.

Wishing you comfort during this time of unimaginable change and adjustment. The world lost a beautiful soul.  

From Bob Hunter

Dear Lisette, we were very saddened to see the notice of your father’s passing. Though I never felt that I knew him well, I always enjoyed the times with him. And I especially remember some very fun parties in our two yards.

Remembering the time that we were both at the University of Virginia, I can well believe there must have been some difficult times for him. But he always showed great dignity and a great sense of humor. His success in his career attests to his quality.

I was glad to see that you and he had been able to travel together in recent years. Knowing the special place that daughters have with their fathers, I know those trips must have been very special for him. And I hope they gave you memories to hold onto during this difficult time.

We have a beautiful photo by Will hanging in our kitchen, so I often think of your family when I see it. Our best to you all, with hopes for a better 2021.

From Nancy M. Robinson

Although I never worked directly with Bill, because I was over at the Child Development and Mental Retardation Center, we were both in the Child branch of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, I think we first became friends on a memorable evening’s cruise across the Sound, with a full moon and the Sonics winning the playoffs.

I was delighted when he moved to Horizon House but sorry to discover that by that time his health had become a threat that limited what he could do. He treasured his trips with Lisette (wasn’t one a river trip in the north of France — the Wine Country of course?). It’s not the same here at HH without him.

From Barry Grosskopf

Bill occupies a sweet place in my memory, for the gentle humor and kind, respectful acceptance he accorded us all. He made me feel comfortable in his presence at a time I was rarely comfortable with myself. I am grateful for the generosity he and Mariette gave us when they invited us to their home.

Bill was a Mensch in the full meaning of that term, and as I think back on it, he was a Tzaddik as well. My heart goes out to Lisette and all of Bill’s family. How fortunate we all were to have known him. 

From Michael Reading

I am saddened to hear the news of Bill’s passing. Thank you for this website in order to learn more about Bill as well as to spend a moment to remember and honor him.

I am honored to say that I knew Bill professionally, which turned into a personal connection as well. Prior to my current role as Chief of Crisis Systems and Services for the Behavioral Health and Recovery Division in King County, I was the Director of Crisis Services Services at Crisis Clinic. It was during my time at Crisis Clinic, 2009-2017, that I knew Bill. Bill was one of 4 consulting Psychiatrists for the King County psychiatric voluntary hospitalization program.

In our respective professional roles, I would have regular opportunities to meet with Bill, and the other psychiatrists, for case consultation and review. Through this work and connecting with Bill, it was always evident that Bill cared about people. He would express this through his skilled review of each and every case, being thoughtful to make good decisions in the psychiatric care of each person.

He was a strong advocate for wellness and recovery and would readily share his keen insights into the behavioral health system and resources. It is in this area that I was able to learn a lot from Bill. In my later years at Crisis Clinic, Bill became the lead Psychiatrist of the consulting group. This gave me even more of an opportunity to meet with Bill in order to connect on higher level program needs, issues and concerns.

During this time, Bill would often suggest we get together over lunch. It was always my pleasure to meet Bill at a restaurant of his choosing. Our lunch meetings continued to offer me great opportunities to learn from Bill.

I always revered him as a brilliant person for whom I have much admiration and respect.