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William F. Morgan

William F. Morgan

Dec. 23, 1952 — Nov. 13, 2015

From Richland, WA Born in Christchurch, New Zealand

William F. Morgan

1952 – 2015

Dr. William Morgan, an eminent scientist and the Director of Radiation Biology and Biophysics in the Biological Sciences Division of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, died Friday evening, November 13th 2015 at the Kadlec Medical Center near his home in Richland, Washington of a pulmonary embolism.  He was 62.

Dr. Morgan, or Bill to many of his friends, was a leading figure in the study of the biological effects of ionizing radiation and had a distinguished career that spanned over 35 years.  Born and raised in Christchurch, New Zealand, Bill received his bachelor degree in botany and his master and doctoral degree in cytogenetics from the University of Canterbury.  After completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Bill joined the faculty there and later obtained a joint appointment at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) in 1995.  In 1999, he left California to become Director of the Radiation Oncology Research Laboratory at the University of Maryland Medical School in Baltimore.  In 2008, Bill moved to Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and took on his leadership role until his untimely death.  He held joint appointments in the Department of Radiation Oncology at both Oregon Health Science University and the University of Washington.William F. Morgan

Dr. Morgan's research focused on elucidating the long-term biological effects of ionizing radiation and, more specifically, on the study of low dose effects on human health.  He was highly regarded by his peers and had received many awards and recognitions.  He served on many national and international advisory boards.  Dr. Morgan was conferred with an honorary D.Sc. degree from his Alma mater in 2003 and was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2010.

Bill is survived by his wife Marianne Sowa, his ex-wife Rosemary Wong, his children Michelle and Nicholas Morgan and Leyla Resat, his parents Ngaire and William Morgan, his siblings Helen Thawley and David and Paul Morgan, and his beloved nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his brother Edward John Morgan.

A mass in honor of Dr. Morgan was given at St. Francis of Assisi in Stoke, Nelson, New Zealand.  There will be no services in Richland.  A formal service will be held in New Zealand at a later date and a recognition of Bill will be held at the 2016 Radiation Research Society meeting.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Bill’s name at http://radres.site-ym.com/donations/

 

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  • I have only just heard of Bill’s passing. He and I were friends in Christchurch and I actually proof read his PhD thesis. Quick to add for spelling and grammatical errors only!! I visited him in California a couple of times, we also met up here in Auckland and exchanged Christmas cards for years, but then sadly, we lost touch. To Michelle and Nick and his other family I send my deepest sympathy. He was a good man and I have great memories. Jill

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  • Difficult to believe that just a few weeks ago I was chatting to Bill at the ICRP meeting in Seoul about future directions in radiation research, funding issues and personal recollections, and how we would meet up again at the DoReMi meeting in Budapest in December (which of course, never happened). I'll miss him, and I guess that goes for a good many people.

    Richard Wakeford
    Jan. 4, 2016
    Manchester, UK
  • I know Bill is looking down at all of us today. He is in a wonderful place of peace & happiness. Happy Birthday Morgan! We miss you dearly.

    Jessica Gallegos
    Dec. 23, 2015
    Seattle, WA
  • I was shocked to hear about Bill's demise. I had only met him this summer, as I had the honor and pleasure to defend my PhD with him as opponent. He left a lasting impression on me, my family, and colleagues. I feel fortunate that I had the chance to meet him. But I am deeply saddened that it was the only time we could share thoughts on science and more worldly matters. My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.

    Britta Langen
    Dec. 18, 2015
    Gothenburg, Sweden
  • I have known Bill since his days in the Rad Lab at UCSF, when I was invited there for a seminar. Bill was a fantastic scientist, colleague, mentor, and friend (Bill would refer to friends as “mates”). He had a major impact in the radiobiology field, and was always available to advise both senior as well as younger scientists. He cared deeply about our field and science in general, and was a very positive influence for many junior scientists and students. His cheerful and friendly personality could ‘light’ up a room. Bill will be sorely missed.

    Al Fornace
    Dec. 7, 2015
    Wash., DC
  • I just learned of Bill's untimely death and wanted to extend my sympathies to his family and friends. I first met Bill when I was a postdoctoral fellow at UCSF, but only got to know him well when I came to the National Cancer Institute in 1998 as a Scientific Review Officer (SRO). I was the SRO of the NCI subcommittee for which Bill served as Chairman from 1998 - 2003. I also worked with him on numerous reviews and site visits over the years, and will always remember him for his gentlemanly nature, wonderful sense of humor, and most of all his broad intellect. It was an honor to know Bill and I will miss him greatly.

    Michael Small
    Dec. 4, 2015
    North Potomac, Maryland
  • I got to know Bill through my participation on the Science Advisory Committee of the United States Transuranium and Uranium Registries. Bill would attend the meetings, and he was a delight to know. He had a good sense of humor and an inquisitive mind. Despite his laurels, he remained humble and always sincere. We need more scientists like him! The family has my deepest sympathy.

    Herman Gibb
    Dec. 4, 2015
    Alexandria, VA, USA
  • Bill had had a presence at the NASA Space Radiation Laboratory, both in person and through the multitude of people who were connected to him in one way or another. The saying "calm water seeps deep", seems to best describe his influence in our field of work and, indeed, his touch was felt throughout. He will be sorely missed by all of us.

    Adam Rusek
    Dec. 3, 2015
    Upton, NY
  • I first met Bill twenty years ago. Since then he has been my mentor and my best friend. In recent years, I have continued to benefit from his able guidance in ICRP Committee 1. He was always friendly, full of humor, and spoke encouraging words. Without his support, I wouldn’t be what I am now. I really miss him. May God rest his soul in peace.

    Nobuhiko Ban
    Dec. 3, 2015
    Tokyo, Japan
  • Dear Marianne and Family, My sincerest condolences on the untimely death of Bill, a scholar and gentleman in the finest sense. I was fortunate to have worked with him at NSRL and the NASA Summer School. His passing is a great loss to the effort to understand the radiation risks to humans in space and the development of mitigations to the radiation exposure. We will sorely miss him. Sincerely, Derek Lowenstein

    Derek Lowenstein
    Dec. 2, 2015
    Houston, TX
  • I was fortunate enough to have met Dr. Morgan this past summer at the NASA Space Radiation Summer School. His charismatic, entertaining, and warm personality made him a truly enjoyable and lovable lecturer for all of the students. The news of his death was extremely saddening to my class, and he will be deeply missed by us all.

    Cody Whoolery
    Dec. 2, 2015
    Dallas, TX
  • My condolences to all of Bill's family. The news of Bill's death was quite shocking to me and it has taken me some time to even write these words. I owe a large part of my career to Bill due to his mentoring and guidance along with giving me lots of opportunities! I was introduced to Bill by John Phillips in 1995 and was immediately drawn to his larger than life persona. A year and a half later I joined Bill's lab as a postdoc and the rest is history. I later moved to University of Maryland School of Medicine along with Bill and he continued to provide me with guidance, mentoring and a glass of wine around 4 PM every afternoon! I learned so much about how to be a scientist but more importantly I learned about how to be a human. Bill's rare combination of impeccable intellect for technical insight along with his wonderful outgoing personality that could put everyone in the room at ease will continue to be an inspiration for me. I will miss you my friend!

    Jim Carney
    Dec. 2, 2015
    Albuquerque, NM
  • It is horrific to be writing this at this time, to be reflecting on Bill Morgan who while he had accomplished so much, always left you with the feeling he was just getting going. His ability to bring people together, his passion and energy, and his raw exuberance all went to 11. Bill was very irreverent, but always respectful. At a time of increasing racial, gender and sexual diversity in the work place, I knew supervisors that projected their tension. Bill could tell a joke, or make an off color remark with such affection that it would put a room at ease and bring the group together. Bill was a coach, a mentor and a friend. As a coach, Bill motivated me to do lots of experiments and try new things. It rarely felt like work. As a mentor he taught me to enjoy my work not to worry too much, “as long as you can pay the mortgage”. Bill was a great friend. You knew he had your back and there was little better than telling stories over a pint with Bill.

    Jeff King
    Dec. 1, 2015
    Portland, OR USA
  • I had many stimulating discussions with Bill on "low-dose" radiation risks and participated in a number of panels with him on this subject. I always looked forward to seeing him at meetings, talking science and enjoying his views and humor on other topics. A sharp mind, a passion for good science, and a kind and decent man --- we will miss him!

    Jerry Puskin
    Dec. 1, 2015
    Potomac, MD
  • Bill will certainly be remembered for his numerous accomplishments, honors, and awards, and his great contribution to his profession, but to me, and to all who knew him, he will be mostly remembered for his huge smile, his contagious laugh, his jovial nature, and his love of life. From the very first time I met Bill, I knew we would be fast friends. We loved to joke with each other, always trying to see who could out do the other with funny quips or snide remarks. Our love for oldies music was also a common bond (Bill had numerous first hand experiences with many of the top pop bands of the 60s and 70s). Bill was a friendly, kind, good-natured man - a solid gent in every regard. I just wish that we had spent more time together while he was alive because I loved to party, and work, with him. He will definitely be greatly missed, by me and by all who knew him. You'll always be with me Bill!!! Until we meet again. With deepest sympathy to Marianne and his family.

    Rick Bond
    Nov. 30, 2015
    Richland, WA
  • Dear Marianne and Family, I was deeply saddened when I heard the news about Bill Morgan's untimely passing. While at the University of Maryland, Bill admirably served as a U.S. Scientific Review Group Member for the Department of Energy's Russian Health Studies Program for three years from 2005 through 2008. After he moved to Richland, I was happy to continue to see him at annual meetings of the Health Physics Society. We will miss his positive attitude, warmth, humor, and expertise. With condolences, Barry

    Barrett N. Fountos
    Nov. 30, 2015
    Ashburn, Virginia
  • I first met Bill and Marianne while helping with the NASA Space Radiation Summer School some years ago. I got to know him very well over the latter years both in subsequent summer schools and conferences. He definitely stood out among the summer school lecturers as someone always keenly interested in the students and in getting to know them personally and helping with their careers. He had a great sense of humor and a vast knowledge of radiobiology, both of which he shared with everyone. I will miss him very much as a friend and a colleague.

    John Norbury
    Nov. 30, 2015
    Hampton, Virginia, USA
  • I know Mr. Morgan in ICRP family. He is a great scientist and good friend. He will be always in my heart. Liu Hua

    Liu Hua
    Nov. 24, 2015
    Beijing, China
  • My friend, my mentor, one of my major pillars of strength. Your untimely departure has left me with a tremendous emptiness, yet the time you were part of my life has made such an impact. I owe you everything for what I have accomplished and will continue to make you proud. I know you’ve looked after me a couple of times already this past week when I needed you. You were one of the greatest models a young student back in 2003 could have ever asked for. I will miss your warmth, your smile, your kind heart, and your jokes, even though according to you I was always too young to hear some of your stories. If I could be half the mentor to those around me as you were to many, I know I will succeed. Until we meet again, your memory will remain alive and hope I can still make you smile. This “kiddo” will miss you every day. With so much love and admiration, Lia.

    Lia Laiakis
    Nov. 23, 2015
    Chevy Chase, MD
  • My most fond memory is when Bill and his Dad spent a few days with us (Sue, my wife) in our Sagamore Hills home making bread and having a great time out on the deck. Sue and I still think and talk about this time. I just can not believe Bill left us. He was the kindest and most generous man I have ever met. He meant so much to me and my wife. I will miss him every day. I know this is hard on all of you now, but all of us will have his memory forever. If we can ever do anything for any of you, please do not hesitate Sue Strickfaden and Dave Boothman

    David A. Boothman
    Nov. 23, 2015
    Dallas, Texas
  • As with so many others, I'm greatly saddened at the loss of Bill. He was a excellent mentor to me at PNNL and I'll miss the Monday morning meetings with him that were always a great way to start off the week. His enthusiasm was contagious.

    Brian Miller
    Nov. 23, 2015
    Richland, WA
  • The world of radiation protection science has lost one of its great individuals, and we are all very much saddened by Bill's passing. Bill was a great colleague and friend in the Health Physics Society, in the International Commission on Radiological Protection, and as a member of the Electric Power Research Institute's Low Dose Scientific Advisory Committee. To Bill's family, I pray for peace in your hearts as I share your mourning at his loss.

    Donald A. Cool
    Nov. 23, 2015
    Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
  • I was very shocked and saddened to hear that Bill had passed away. When I first met Bill, I was a postgraduate student in the Dublin Institute of Technology in Dublin, Ireland under the supervison of Bills dear friend Prof Carmel Mothersill who moved from Dublin to Canada. Therefore, I knew Bill from the Radiation Research circuit and worked and socialised at many conferences/research meetings in Ireland and worldwide. I first met him at the IRRS1999 which we hosted here in Dublin, and I have some brilliantly funny memories of him at that meeting. He loved Dublin and all the craic and banter. :0) He was a truly a wonderful man and an exceptional scientist that we all looked up to. He always had a smile on his face and was bundles of fun to all of his colleagues and even junior postgraduate scientists like myself at the time. He will be sadly missed. My thoughts and sympathy are for his parents, his children and Marianne. RIP Bill. xx

    Orla Howe
    Nov. 23, 2015
    Dublin, Ireland
  • It was a shock to hear about Bill’s passing last week. He was a great mentor and an even greater friend. I first met Bill at a UCSF Radiation Oncology party in 1987. We were both sitting at the bar and got into an animated discussion about the upcoming Kiwi challenge to the America’s Cup. That conversation led not only to a lasting friendship, but also to my joining Bill’s lab, first as a laboratory technician and then as Bill’s first graduate student in the UCSF Biophysics Program. The time spent in Bill’s lab was some of the most enjoyable and rewarding of my life. Bill was incredibly even keeled, encouraging, insightful, creative, and appropriately demanding, everything one would want in a Ph.D. advisor. Much of my success in Science and in life can be traced back to those years. If you were part of the Morgan lab, you were part of Bill’s family. Rest in peace Bill, we’ll see you on the other side.

    John Phillips
    Nov. 22, 2015
    Seattle, WA
  • Bill was a not only a respected colleague but also a good friend and loyal servant to ICRP. His sudden passing is a great loss to the radiological protection community and leaves a void in many people's lives. It is hard to believe that after contributing to the success of our recent meeting in Korea, Bill will no longer be part of the ICRP team. He always worked hard and played hard, could be relied upon to join in all social events, and would still partake in stimulating discussion over a drink at the end of the working day. Bill will be missed by all and our deepest condolences go out to Marianne and his family.

    Claire Cousins
    Nov. 22, 2015
    Cambridge, UK
  • Dear Marianne, Rosemary, children and family of Bill, I want to offer my deep condolence to all about the tragic loss. I wish you God´s blessing and help to carry this severe harm. Worldwide radiation research has lost an eminent scientist and many of us have lost a very good friend. I have met Bill since decades and we became very close friends when we were both studying genomic instability. The exchange of experience, ideas and the fruitful discussions brought us very near. His positive view was very stimulating and encouraging. I am still grateful for our last meetings here in Essen last year and some weeks ago in Seoul. His friendly mood will be engraved in my mind for ever. My thoughts are with you Christian

    Christian Streffer
    Nov. 22, 2015
    Essen, Germany
  • I became acquainted with Bill in 1981 when I moved my lab from Colorado to UCSF in San Francisco. We collaborated on cytogenetic experiments and most importantly on getting firewood cut for my new house and in Bills capturing my capable assistant, Rosemary Wong, as his wife. I shall always remember the wonderful times we had together that included our children we had in 1985. Rest in peace, Bill!

    Bill Dewey
    Nov. 21, 2015
    Sausalito, Calif.
  • Bill, you've put me in an awkward position. I know it's not what you wanted, but you've gone and done it. It's pretty serious this time. How can I be serious when I can only hear your laugh and see your huge grin. Thanks for the great times in the lab, and in the office... well, I think you wanted us all to have curly hair. You still owe me two 6-packs of Steinlager from the Giants winning the pennant. I'll collect the next time I see you. I'll probably need it where I'm going. Did you get your 72 sheep? And before I forget, thanks for being a model dad. I don't think I did as good a job as you, but I'm better than I would have been. BAaaaaa.

    Joseph Day
    Nov. 20, 2015
    Modesto
  • It was a great privilege getting to know Bill over the last few years as a friend and as a mentor. He is someone I will always look up to and will be deeply missed. Sincere condolences to Marianne and family.

    Chris Thome
    Nov. 20, 2015
    Sudbury, ON, Canada
  • So sorry to hear the sad news or Bill's passing. He will be missed by many friends. He was a great mentor for our son John.

    Joan Phillips
    Nov. 20, 2015
    Tucson, Arizona
  • Bill was a special person. He was a great teacher, very organized and systematic. He imparted a doctrine of excellence to his students. He was also a great biologist, working first in the Rad Lab at UCSF, then in Radiation Oncology there and then in Maryland. He was well known internationally as well. He was also a great friend and faculty member for too short a rime in my department at UCSF. He is responsible for my son John's success as a scientist as John did his PhD with Bill. I was proud to have Bill in my department and to have him educate my son in such a great way.

    Ted Phillips
    Nov. 20, 2015
    Tucson, AZ
  • Bill's loss is a shock to all of his friends and colleagues here at PNNL, NCRP, and all of his scientific associates. He will be missed.

    Bruce Napier
    Nov. 20, 2015
    Richland, WA
  • We have known Bill for over 30 years. He'll be remembered as a great scientist and friend. You'll be sorely missed

    Trish and Vince Holahan
    Nov. 20, 2015
    Monrovia, MD
  • It's been a week since I've heard this very sad news and I still can't believe that Bill is gone. Besides his incredible professional achievements, Bill had a great personality, he was the man, and that's most important, kindness, love, and respect he treated everyone he met was genuine and came deep from his heart. We will definitely miss you at the USTUR Monday morning meetings, your valuable knowledge and your personality is irreplaceable. Rest in Peace! My very sincere condolences to his family.

    George Tabatadze
    Nov. 20, 2015
    Richland, WA
  • Dr. Morgan will be sorely missed. He was pleasant and always had a smile or a kind word. He will live on in our memories. Rest in Peace - Dr. Morgan

    Yvette Green
    Nov. 20, 2015
    Baltimore, MD, USA
  • Dear Friend Your passing was unexpected and profound. We met at your Richland home in August 2013 after Marianne and Helga attended the Sowa family reunion in Cape May, NJ. We will provide for your loved-ones and think of you and your wonderful life now and into the future. Rest in Peace

    Dennis Facchino
    Nov. 20, 2015
    Palo Alto, CA/USA
  • I knew Bill for 26 years. He was a top scientist and a good friend. We met frequently at scientific meetings and shared many good times. I well remember taking him to watch a Wales versus NZ rugby match in the UK. NZ won convincingly and it was no surprise that Bill, with his wonderful humour, more than held his own in a ground section full of Welshmen. A great day during and after the game - I will miss him. The radiation biology community has lost a major player. The loss to his family is, however, immeasurably greater. Please accept my sincere condolences

    Roger Cox
    Nov. 20, 2015
    Oxfordshire,UK
  • Bill was one of the ‘good guys’; a great friend with whom I spent many happy hours discussing our common interests in radiation biology and rugby. He will be greatly missed, but never forgotten, by all his friends and colleagues. Sincere condolences to his family.

    Eric Wright
    Nov. 20, 2015
    Scotland
  • It was always a great pleasure to meet with Bill. He was a great scientist and a wonderful man, better to say gentleman. We could talk about many areas, from biology via epidemiology and archiving to risk communication; and I always went home feeling enriched. I feel privileged that I had the chance to sit with him on a beer in a Munich beer garden only last summer. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.

    Bernd Grosche
    Nov. 20, 2015
    Munich, Germany
  • FIRST TIME I MET BILL I WAS ONLY A STUDENT, AND HE GAVE ONE OF THE BEST LECTURES I EVER HEARD. THEN WE BECAME COLLEAGUES AND FRIENDS. HE WAS THE #1. WE WILL MISS YOU, BILL.

    MARCO DURANTE
    Nov. 20, 2015
    DARMSTADT, GERMANY
  • Bill was wonderful advisor, constructive and encouraging as well as a great personality. He and Marianne visited us one year ago and after visiting the Christmas market we had a great dinner with our PhD students in an Indian restaurant. We will miss him greatly.

    Soile Tapio
    Nov. 19, 2015
    Munich/Germany
  • I came to know Bill through meetings of the USTUR in Richland. He was a someone whom I would have liked to know even better: an excellent researcher, solid mentor, and good sport with a twinkle in his eye. His many contributions to PNNL and to the field of radiation biology will clearly stand the test of time. Just as importantly, he infused others with the joys of science and of a life well lived. I offer my most sincere condolences to his family.

    Kay Meier
    Nov. 19, 2015
    Spokane, Washington
  • Bill was a great scientist and great friend who brought humor and profound happiness to all that knew him. His presence will be greatly missed. His spirit will be with me for the rest of my life and I will honor his memory at every opportunity. I am already planning to roast my thanksgiving turkey the way Bill taught me around his Webber backyard BBQ in Mill Valley. Once the bird is getting golden brown, I will propose an international Thanksgiving toast in honor of one of the greatest scientists I have known for the last 30 years. May Bill's spirit live forever!

    Douglas Spitz
    Nov. 19, 2015
    University of Iowa
  • It is with great sadness that I read of Dr. Morgan's passing. While I was better acquainted with other members of the family, all of my interaction with him was very pleasurable. He always impressed me as a very happy and contented man. On behalf of myself and Doctrinal Bible Church in Huntsville, AL, you have our most sincere condolences.

    Bert Peake
    Nov. 19, 2015
    Huntsville, AL
  • Bill, you were always like another father. Took me in just like your own daughter and expected probably just as much out of me. I was stunned speechless when I heard the news, it just couldn't be true. Your infectious smile and laugh will always be a reminder to live life to its fullest. You will be greatly missed. Holidays won't be the same without you. Keep cracking jokes, finding things to laugh at, and teaching others. Until I see you again. Love Blondie

    Caitlyn Holahan
    Nov. 19, 2015
    Frederick, MD
  • Bill was a fantastic, meticulous and passionate scientist. His fervor and passion for science were exceeded only by those that he had for life, his family, his friends and his colleagues. I am going to miss my Mate Bill for the remainder on my life, which will be a bit duller without him.

    Michael Borrelli
    Nov. 19, 2015
    Little Rock, AR
  • My deepest sympathy to the family. Bill was an awesome person to working with. He always had a joke to tell and a smile on his face. He will be greatly missed.

    Barbara Goodwin
    Nov. 19, 2015
    PNNL, Richland
  • From the moment I first met Bill at PNNL to the final e-mails we exchanged last week, he has been a scientific mentor and friend who always made me feel his equal, though his legacy and the significance of his contributions to science are immeasurable. A man so genuinely and immaculately supportive of an aspiring scientist, who taught me with wisdom and humor the beauty of shaking off the small stuff and not forgetting to enjoy the journey. His passing represents a truly irreplaceable loss to both the scientific community, as well as to the hearts of so very many that had the privilege to cross paths with him. His influence on my personal and scientific life was, and will continue to be profound. You will be severely and sincerely missed Bill; drinking scotch will never quite be the same.

    Jake Pirkkanen
    Nov. 19, 2015
    Sudbury, ON, Canada
  • I am greatly saddened by Bill's passing. I met Bill >30 years ago when he was a postdoc coming to visit the cytogeneticists at Brookhaven National Lab. I was working in medical physics then, but played volleyball with the cytogeneticists. So my first meeting with Bill was on a volleyball court, followed by a post-game beer. I went to do my doctoral work in radiation biology and met Bill again at the Radiation Research Society meetings and later at local meetings in California. I had the joy of having Bill as a colleague at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. We worked together often at the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements and at the NASA Summer School, where the students just loved him. Bill had a great passion for the radiation sciences. He was a major force in the field of radiation protection, as recognized by his service to the ICRP and the NCRP. But I will remember his steadfast friendship and his devotion to his family. I will miss him dearly.

    Amy Kronenberg
    Nov. 19, 2015
    Berkeley, CA
  • Dear Bill, I will always remember your smiling and kind talking like in Miami month ago and in UCSF >25 years ago! We met and joyed in rrs and other meetings, but we are going to miss you a lot in next rrs. Today, I am reviewing the paper you asked to review that is due next Monday. For sure, I will not delay this time and will email it back to you in time! Life is tough and short but I am very glad to had chance to meet many cheerful guys like you! Please take care! Your always friend, Jian Jian

    Jian Jian Li
    Nov. 19, 2015
    Davis, California
  • Bill , best friend and confidente, we will miss you, happy memories of holidays in California, workshops in Dublin. Can't believe you will not be there to tease, drink and joke with. Too shocked to say more.

    Carmel Mothersill
    Nov. 19, 2015
    Hamilton Ontario
  • Oh Bill, we will miss you so much... Gone but not forgotten, I raise a glass to you my friend.

    Rick Domann
    Nov. 19, 2015
    Iowa City, IA
  • Bill touched so many lives whether during professional engagements or during social events. He had an incredible personality that drew people to his side to enjoy his company. He will be missed by all of his friends and colleagues.

    Richard Miller
    Nov. 19, 2015
    Chicago, IL
  • Bill, I am going to miss you. I feel fortunate that we were friends and colleagues. While your contributions were substantial to science it was your friendship that I value the most. I wish your family strength in handling your passing and joy in remembering that you were such an important part of their lives. God Bless!

    David Grdina
    Nov. 19, 2015
    Chicago, IL, USA
  • I feel the loss of Bill so deeply....he was one of my best friends in the radiation community, a real confidant, and a kind soul. He helped me so often in my projects and in my career. Too great a loss to express more!!

    Gayle Woloschak
    Nov. 19, 2015
    Chicago, IL
  • Bill, I still cannot believe you have left us. To me, you are more than a Program Director, whenever I think of you, I always think of your wisdom, your humor and your help to my career. It is my good fortune of knowing you. You will be deeply missed!

    Qibin Zhang
    Nov. 19, 2015
    Kannapolis, NC
  • You will be missed for a long time to come at Columbia Basin Racquet Club where I had the pleasure of chatting, laughing and bantering back and forth with you at 8:00 am. I feel blessed to have had that time and my prayers will be for your family that loved you so much. Goodbye Bill

    Jessica Phillips
    Nov. 19, 2015
    Richland washington
  • Bill was a friend, a mentor, a drinking buddy, and an all-round wonderful human being. I'm going to miss the sheep jokes and the long evenings trying to put the world of radiation research to rights. All those who knew him loved him, and we will now be charged with carrying on his legacy - work hard, play harder!! My thoughts and virtual hugs are with Marianne, Michelle and Nick. But most of all, I'll miss you, big guy xxx

    Jacky Williams
    Nov. 19, 2015
    Rochester, NY
  • A lovable rogue whom I had known for many years. His passing surprised and saddened us all. I already miss him.

    Michael Cornforth
    Nov. 19, 2015
    Galveston, TX
  • I have known Bill since 1980 when I became a postdoctoral fellow at UCSF. Bill and I, along with two other postdocs, Jeff Schwartz and Bill Kaufmann, became the Droogie (Russian for friends). We had many fun times together including camping trips to the high Sierra Nevada and Death Valley, and poker games at Bob Painter’s house along with Rosemary Wong. After being promoted to faculty, Bill and I shared an office for 10 years, continuing our trips through the Southwest. Oddly enough, one of the things that I will miss most is being insulted by Bill, which I soon found was a sign of affection. I will miss him dearly, but he will always be with me. Droogie motto A man traveling across a field encountered a tiger. He fled, the tiger after him. Coming to a precipice, he caught hold of the root of a wild vine and swung himself over the edge. Two mice, one white and one black, started to gnaw away the vine. The man saw a luscious strawberry near him. How sweet it tasted!

    John Murnane
    Nov. 19, 2015
    San Francisco, California, USA
  • A characteristic trait of Bill was his ability to be a real friend, regardless of the circumstances. I would like to express my deepest condolences to his family.

    Oleg Belyakov
    Nov. 19, 2015
    IAEA
  • It was an honour and a privilege to be a friend of Bill's (and as a colleague, you were always a good friend!) He was always prepared to help and pleased to discuss unusual ideas, in science, politics, and culture. We used to talk of meeting up once more in Christchurch - but sadly, this will never happen. RIP Bill - you were a great and much loved person!

    Jack Valentin
    Nov. 19, 2015
    Stockholm, Sweden
  • Bill and me met in 1989 and had been in contact ever since. Discussing adaptive responses, chromosomal aberrations and much more. Unbelievable that he is gone. He was a great, friendly person. Sincere condolences to his family.

    Andrzej Wojcik
    Nov. 18, 2015
    Stockholm
  • Rest in peace my good friend. It was a pleasure to have known you and share some good times together. My deepest sympathy to your family, you will be greatly missed.

    Stan Crow
    Nov. 18, 2015
    Richland, WA USA
  • Our deepest condolences. RIP Bill

    Dwarakanath
    Nov. 18, 2015
    Chennai (formerly Delhi), India
  • I only had the pleasure and honour to know Bill for a few years. Still, he was like an old friend and I respected and admired his eminent knowledge and friendly and supportive nature. He will be missed by all of us who called him a colleague and a friend. Sincere condolences to his family.

    Carl-Magnus Larsson
    Nov. 18, 2015
    Sydney, Australia
  • Bill will be missed by our entire community. Sincere condolences to all of his family.

    Susan Bailey
    Nov. 18, 2015
    Fort Collins, CO
  • I can't believe Bill is gone. When ever I think of him I smile because he was always so friendly, kind and positive. He will be greatly missed.

    Linda Bergmann
    Nov. 18, 2015
    Richland Wa
  • I had the pleasure of meeting Bill at meeting of the ICRP in Abu Dhabi in 2013. I found him a very pleasant person to deal with. We continued our interactions. He had excellent presentation skills and coordination capability. He was bold in decision making. It was only few weeks ago that we met in Seoul and we had very pleasant interactions. It is unthinkable that he is no more. It was one of the shocking news when I saw email from our ICRP colleagues. May God grant him peace and courage to family to bear this loss.

    Madan Rehani ICRP C3
    Nov. 18, 2015
    Boston
  • I have known Bill for over 26 years. He was always a great friend to me and my family. I can remember a number of occasions watching SF 49ers games with him and his family in Marin. He was a very positive force in my life, and had a great sense of humor. He was a great scientist, educator and mentor. I will miss him deeply, and find it hard to believe that he is gone.

    Amato Giaccia
    Nov. 18, 2015
    Palo Alto, CA
  • loved big brother and brother in law and uncle of the thawley family he will be missed by us all

    helen thawley
    Nov. 18, 2015
    nelson new zealand
  • Much loved neighbor - you will be so much missed.

    JoAnne and Paul Schov
    Nov. 18, 2015
    Mill Valley, California, USA
  • I am so sad to lose such a great colleague and friend. He will be truly missed. My heart goes out to all his family and friends.

    Isaf Al-Nabulsi
    Nov. 18, 2015
    Germantown, MD, USA
  • I will miss Bill so much. I loved listening to him talk and laugh. I always hoped he would be working out when I went to Thursday morning league. There to greet me with a hug and a smile. Such a nice person. Always happy even at 6 a.m. in the airport. He will truly be missed. Bill was so full of life. My heart goes out to all his family and friends. Lisa

    Lisa Crow
    Nov. 18, 2015
    West Richland Wa. USA
  • I am so sad to lose such a wonderful friend and colleague. Bill was so energetic and knowledgeable about matters of radiation biology, and always had a kind word and funny retort. He was patient and responsive to those of us who asked him questions he'd heard before, and always seemed to be thinking forward to the next challenges. He will be sorely missed.

    Daniel J. Strom
    Nov. 18, 2015
    West Richland, Washington, USA
  • I have known Bill over 15 years and served with him ICRP C-1 since 2004. He was not only a strong supporter of my research, but was also a great friend. His open-minded approach to science and other aspects of life was his great virtue.His sudden and untimely demise is a big blow to all of us with whom he interacted. Radiation biology lost a great scientist, and we, in the ICRP family will miss him in all of our activities. My heartfelt condolence to his family and all other friends - Ranajit

    Ranajit Chakraborty
    Nov. 18, 2015
    Fort Worth, Texas, USA