Special Collections, Staff

In Memoriam: Bill Richards

The Library is saddened by the sudden death of our friend and colleague Bill Richards, who died unexpectedly at his home on Sunday, March 18.

Bill first joined the University Library as a photo lab technician in 1998. In 2007, he re-joined the staff as a member of the Digital Production Center in the Carolina Digital Library and Archives.

His colleagues will miss his talent and vision, his technology skills, and his dedication to the highest quality in photography and design.  Even more, said his supervisor, Fred Stipe, “Bill had a quick wit and was always happy to share a joke, a funny story, or just a smile.”

Prior to his work with the Library, Bill held staff photography positions for the Research Triangle Institute, UNC’s Office of Sports Information, and the Chapel Hill Newspaper (now the Chapel Hill News).

Bill was a 1980 graduate of UNC with a degree in history and political science. He served honorably for three years in the U.S. Army Security Agency Command and received the National Defense Service Medal.

He leaves behind his wife Teresa, and his children, Robbie and Natalie.

No memorial service is planned at this time, but the family suggests that friends gather to remember Bill and to celebrate his life. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to a charity of the giver’s choice, or to the American Diabetes Association or the Disabled Veterans National Foundation .

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