We are saddened to hear of the loss of Bill. We had the privilege of becoming his friends when we were neighbors in Hackberry Ridge. Bill was a wonderful man, and we have fond memories of his energetic and caring personality. May God wrap you in His comforting arms during this time. Kevin and Alyson Nowell, December 8, 2018 I had the privilege of being a graduate student in Bill's lab from 1980 to 1984, when I completed my PhD under his guidance. Bill was a great mentor, supporter and above all a friend. I especially valued his positive and trusting approach. I left the US in 1986 and have lived in Brazil - my home country -- and in Austria ever since, but in these 32 years Bill and I continued to be friends and to keep contact. I will always cherish him in my memories. PAULO K. ORBERG, December 6, 2018 Sue and Family. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. Uncle Bill was such a great man . He was so devoted to his family, his teachings and professional contributions to the world. He was the last member of my Mother's side of the family. Rest in peace, Uncle Bill. Your Niece, Jackie
Jackie and Richard Kail, December 6, 2018 It was my privilege to earn a PhD under Bill’s supervision. He has remained not only a great mentor but also a great friend. I have enjoyed sharing books and discussions about starter cultures since his retirement. Bill leaves a great legacy of relevant research, teaching, and mentoring. He will be missed. Randall Thunell , December 6, 2018 Dear Susan and family, My sincere sympathy for your loss. I came to know Bill during my ten years as Chair of the Department of Microbiology at OSU, in the period 2004-2014, and immensely enjoyed chatting with him. Although I've been at OSU since 1987, I only transferred into Microbiology in 1998, a couple of years after Bill's retirement. So I didn't have the pleasure of working with him as a close colleague. But we did interact a good deal after 2004. Bill had a huge effect on the department, through his highly successful dairy microbiology research and graduate student training. He had a wonderful knack for making advances that made a real difference, as evidenced in his multiple patents whose innovations were widely used. I trust that the royalties brought in by these patents made your family's lives that much more comfortable; they were certainly immensely helpful to the department, especially through years of very slim funding up to around 2009. Bill will always be remembered in the annals of the Department of Microbiology. We were truly fortunate to have such a talented and nice colleague.
Theo Dreher, December 4, 2018 Always appreciated Bill's pragmatic and practical approach to his science. His astuteness at taking projects to a financially lucrative outcome were legendary. He was always upbeat. Dennis Hruby, Bill Dougherty, and I frequently reminisce about his golfing tales.
Peter Bottomley, December 4, 2018 I'm very sad for your loss. I remember Bill from my time in the department as a graduate student in John Fryer's lab, especially his sense of humor. I've communicated with him a few times in recent years, as I became department head. He left such a legacy to the department both in terms of his scholarship and patents, and his shoes have been very hard to replace. Jerri Bartholomew, December 3, 2018