William Willard

William Willard Photo0001William Willard, professor emeritus at Washington State University, died suddenly and unexpectedly on Friday, January 15, 2016 at Pullman Regional Hospital. He was 89.

William was born November 29, 1926 at Sanger, California to Thomas O. and Esther Stinnett Willard. He grew up and attended school there, graduating from Sanger High School, class of 1945. He served in Korea for a time in the US Army.

William began his higher education, earning associates at Reedley College in 1947, Stanford University, and was married to Lauretta Audrey Frank at Reedley, CA on June 28, 1957. He continued his education at the University of Arizona, receiving his PhD in Cultural Anthropology in 1970. His specialty was Medical Anthropology, with an emphasis on the health problems of urban migration. He also studied the cultural effects of nuclear waste management.  He taught and was in research there.

In 1976 he accepted a professorship at WSU. At the time of his death, he was completing a biography of Archie Phinney, the first Nez Perce to become director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. He was still in his office working on publications until the day of his death and was in several Anthropological Societies.

Mrs. Willard preceded him in death in June of 2005. He is survived by his sons, William T. (Laura Van Houten) Willard of Shoreline, WA and Peter F. Willard of Pullman. He also leaves his grandchildren, Samuel, Audrey and Ethan.

A private graveside service was held at the Moscow Cemetery. A celebration of his life will be held on the Washington State University Campus later in the spring.

Memorial donations may be made to the Anthropology Development Fund via the WSU Anthropology website. http://libarts.wsu.edu/anthro/AwardsandScholarships/IWanttogive.html

Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to www.shortsfuneralchapel.net.


7 Responses to William Willard

  1. Dr. William Budd says:

    Bill was always a good friend and colleague. He was also a strong supporter of ESRP, not only because his son was enrolled in the Program, but because he had a strong appreciation of the value of interdisciplinary education. My time at WSU was tremendously enriched by having him there. My thoughts are will all of the family at this time.

  2. Courtney Helfrecht says:

    Dr. Willard was a kind and friendly man, and I was fortunate to have shared many wonderful conversations with him. My condolences to his friends and family.

  3. Tanya Gale says:

    Bill Willard was amazing, creative, and kind. I have many fond memories of the stories he told and the conversations we shared. He will be missed.

  4. Robert Ackerman says:

    We were saddened by the announcement of Bill’s death. Since I had been to several places in Russia, Bill and I talked about Archie Finney’s travels in what then the Soviet Union. Bill had a sharp sense of humor and was well liked by students. I personally will miss our encounters in the third floor hallway of College Hall as one never knew what Bill might bring up. Our condolences to Bill and Peter.

    Bob and Lillian Ackerman

  5. Amanda Malone says:

    I worked for and was a student of Dr. Wiillard’s. I learned much from him and appreciated all our interactions. I think of him often and am thankful that I was able to see him the last time I was on campus. He will be missed. I have been looking forward to reading his book on Archie Finney as I typed some of the early work.

  6. Don C. Maupin says:

    I just read about his passing in the WSU Anthropology news letter.

    Dr. Willard was a professor of mine in the 1980’s. And later, over my 26 years with the police department, I would run into him quite frequently on campus. I was glad for those instances and always enjoyed our conversations.

    What a wonderful and delightful person he was, and I was so honored to have known him. My condolences to his family and friends.

    Don C. Maupin, BA Anthropology
    Las Vegas, Nevada

  7. Dr. Robin Ladue says:

    William Willard, PhD was one of my mentors, friends, and inspirations. He helped me learn, grow, and remember my own cultural heritage. I was terribly saddened by his passing. There are no words to convey either my gratitude at being a student of his or my sense of loss over his passing.

    RIP Dr. Willard

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