Bill grew up in Germany until high school, at which time the family settled in Washington. He earned a Bachelor and Masters degree in German and Medieval Studies before active duty in the Army. He then attended University of Heidelberg and finished his doctoral work in Medieval Studies at Stanford University.

He married Ellen Shirey, a life-long Episcopalian, and converted when they married. Bill taught German at the high school level in Virginia before being called to be on the faculty at Yale University. There he taught Literature and languages for 21 years and had responsibilities as Dean of Summer, Special Programs, and Undergraduate Study Abroad.

After 20 years in Connecticut, he and Ellen moved back to the west coast to Monterey, Ellen’s childhood home. Bill commuted to Stanford for two years as Dean of Summer Session, and is now semi-retired and working on a book translation along with other projects.

He has since become involved in the spiritual life of All Saints’ by joining the Altar Guild with Ellen, acting as a Lay Eucharistic Minister, and soon to be LEV. Bill is looking forward to spending more time in the service of the church.