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Bill was born in 1925, in Atlanta and grew up in the Piedmont and mountains of Georgia. He shot his first quail at age 11 over his Uncle Pat Greer’s Llewellyn bitch, Kate. He hunted throughout Georgia and the Carolinas in his youth, afoot. He received degrees from Emory ('46) and the University of North Florida (’80). As a newspaperman, he covered crime, politics (redundancy?) and then sports, for wire services and the Atlanta Constitution, until 1957, when he left news papering to become The American Field major circuit chronicler. He wrote an outdoor column for 10 more years for the paper. He ran his first field trial dog in 1949. He has not hunted afoot since 1960 (except for wild turkey).
He married college sweetheart Betts in 1946 and lost her to respiratory failure on their wedding anniversary after 57 years, in 2003. They had three sons, Michael, Keith and Victor. The latter succumbed in 1996. Betts and Bill traveled extensively in Europe and around the Mediterranean. They made homes in three of their favorite places on Earth: Hiawassee, GA inside the Chattahoochee National Forest; Jekyll Island, GA, in the tidewater Sea Island chain and in Glen Saint Mary, FL, just a few miles from the middle of the Okefenokee Swamp National Park.
Bill owned several winners, his favorite a black pointer, Blue Monday, trained and placed by Colvin Davis. Bill won some amateur all age stakes, including the National Amateur Championship with Mrs. Eleanor Livingston’s Kilsyth Sparky. A health crisis moved him out of field trials before 1980, when he took up a career in psychotherapy. He lives now near his two surviving sons in Alpharetta, GA and writes periodically for The American Field and regularly on his own Blog site.
Bill was elected to the Field Trial Hall of Fame in 2000 and we are honored to have him as a contributor.