Bill was a father, husband, friend, colleague, counselor and public servant. He was also a prominent environmental attorney and legislator. Bill died tragically in an airplane crash in 1992. Governor Chiles commented that "his record of public service shows the man he was and the life he loved - always working to improve the state to benefit the lives of others. He was a fine husband and father and his family was his highest priority. Bill will always be in our hearts." Bill's commitment as a public servant includes his appointment as the Secretary of the Department of Community Affairs, where from January 4, 1991 to his untimely death he worked to support and strengthen Florida's commitment to growth management. He left a successful Miami law practice of Akerman, Senterfitt and Eidson, where he was a litigation partner, to assume this responsibility.
Many of us will remember Bill as an exemplary member of the Florida House of Representatives from 1976 to 1982 or as a member of the South Florida Water Management District's Governing Board from 1984-1987. Bill also served on many committees of importance to the future of the state. As an environmental attorney, Bill assisted the ELUL Section, volunteering to speak at CLE seminars.