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William E. Hathaway

Company I-1

3 Aug 1937 - 1 Nov 2012

Place of Death: Amherst, VA

Interment: TBA

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Bill Hathaway, on 1 November at his home in Amherst, VA. 

Bill is survived by his wife, Lyl, two children, and five grandchildren. 

Bill's funeral service will be at 11 AM on Thursday, 15 November, at Ascension Episcopal Church, 253 Main Street, Amherst, VA  24521.  Burial will be private at a later date. 

Condolences may be sent to Lyl at 125 Garland Avenue, Amherst, VA  24521. 

Well done, Bill.  Be thou at peace.

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Class Memorial Pages\I-1 Bill Hathaway.pdf


William E. Hathaway Army Officer, Community Leader, Mayflower Descendant. William Ernest Hathaway, a former Army Intelligence Officer, University of Maryland teacher and Amherst County community leader died November 1, 2012 at his home after a short illness. Bill Hathaway was born in Chicago in 1937and moved with his parents and sister Ann to McLean in 1945. He attended local schools and graduated in 1955 from Fairfax High School where he was involved in student government activities. He received an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point where he was active in the Debate Council, the English Literature Seminar, and the fencing, pistol and skeet clubs. He graduated in the West Point Class of 1961. An active duty Army officer for ten years, his first assignments were with the Artillery but he later switched to Army Intelligence, working for the DIA in Washington and then with the 1st Brigade of the 101st in Vietnam. His military decorations include the Bronze Star, the Air Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Joint Service Commendation Medal. He also completed the Army Intelligence and Security Officers Advanced Course at Fort Holabird in 1968. He resigned his commission in 1969, and while continuing to work as a civilian military analyst, compiled a manual that assisted in the identification of foreign missile systems. Moving away from military life, he taught eighth grade mathematics in Baltimore's inner city, managed a treatment center for delinquent boys and completed the requirements for an M.S. degree in Personnel Administration from George Washington University, as well as a Masters Degree from John Hopkins University. It was to serve him well in his next career. In the early 1970's a quiet and necessary revolution began in the way the United States provided emergency medical care to its citizens. A pioneering surgeon in Baltimore began to develop a system for quickly getting critically ill and injured patients to a special emergency care center at University Hospital in Baltimore. There, often after Maryland State Police helicopter transport; the patient's needs were immediately addressed by teams of waiting medical specialists. Bill Hathaway was deeply involved in helping to create what became a statewide system of emergency health care in Maryland and a model for the nation. He served from 1974 to 1981 in a variety of positions, including Chief Coordinator, Maryland Division of Emergency Medical Services; Director of Planning and Development, Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services (MIEMS); and Executive Director for Field Services (MIEMS) where he was responsible for the administrative operations of a program with a $5 million dollar annual budget and 70 employees. As word of the success of the Baltimore "Shock Trauma" program spread throughout the national and international health care communities, Bill Hathaway often joined training teams that were asked to help develop emergency care systems abroad. He visited Saudi Arabia in 1979, Kuwait in 1994, Estonia in 1996 and 1997 and Latvia in 1999. In 1981 he left what had now become Maryland's Division of Emergency Medical Services and became an EMS instructor at the University of Maryland's new Baltimore County campus where he was responsible for developing departmental curriculum and teaching courses leading to the baccalaureate degree. He taught at UMBC for 18 years, also serving on the Faculty Senate. He retired in 1999. He was appointed by Governor Harry Hughes to the Maryland Emergency Numbers (911) Systems Board in 1979 where he served as board Vice Chairman, and was re-appointed in 1984. In 1999 he received a Governor's Citation from Parris Glendening citing his "distinguished service as an instructor at UMBC and for efforts to develop Maryland's Emergency Medical System." "Transplanted" after retirement to the small town of Amherst, Virginia, Bill Hathaway stayed busy. He served two terms as president of the Amherst Rotary Club, chaired the Club's Rotary International Foundation, was a Paul Harris Fellow and was recently honored with honorary membership status. Active in community life, he served on the Town of Amherst Planning Commission for six years was an appointed member of the County Library Board and was a Meals on Wheels volunteer. A Master Gardener, he was a skilled landscape planner. Always a careful researcher, he discovered after years of genealogical work and a trip to Mass., that he was a descendant of Richard Warren, a Mayflower pilgrim. William E. Hathaway is survived by his wife, Lillian Wray, of Amherst and his dog, Brumley. He leaves a son, William Kristin Hathaway, a daughter-in-law, Victoria Hathaway and grandsons Nathaniel and George, all of Ellicott City, MD. He is also survived by a daughter, Susan Hathaway Scotto, a son-in-law, Dr. Nicholas Scotto, and grandchildren, Nicholas, Miles, and Alessandra, of Columbia, MD.

A memorial service for Bill Hathaway will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at Ascension Episcopal Church, 253 South Main Street, Amherst with the Reverend Deacon Kathy Chase officiating. Gifts in memory of Bill Hathaway can be made to: The Amherst County Library, 382 S. Main Street, P.O. Box 370, Amherst, Virginia 24521; The Amherst Rotary Club, P.O. Box 3, Amherst, Virginia 24521; Blue Ledge Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 1332, Amherst, Virginia 24521 or Almost Home Pet Adoption Center, 29 Stagebridge Road, Lovingston, Virginia 22949. Arrangements are under the direction of Wells/Sheffield Funeral Chapel of Lovingston, (434) 263-4097.

Published in The News & Advance from November 8 to November 12, 2012