A native Mount Desert Islander, born in 1941 Bar Harbor, with family roots extending back several generations, Bill attended local public schools, Dartmouth College, Jefferson Medical College, and went on to specialize in General and Trauma Surgery where, “I learned the value of systems organization and collaboration.” Retirement in 2007 allowed Bill to research family and island history, and to write. He concluded that a collaborative approach to collections research, preservation, and sharing was a critical element in organizing and stewarding our islands' stories and histories. First came Friends of Island History, then presidency of the MDI Historical Society, and finally, the History Trust.
In creating The History Trust, we took lessons from the founders of the land conservation movement. Particularly, those who recognized the need to protect the exquisite qualities of Mount Desert Island