Leader. Volunteer. Friend.
It is with a heavy heart that we report the passing of William Douglas Ward, of Glen Ellyn, IL, on July 3, 2014. Doug truly loved to give back to his community and was an active member of the United Methodist Church, the Kiwanis Club of Glen Ellyn, the Glen Ellyn Historical Society, and the Morton Arboretum where he was a docent. Doug founded and acted as leader for the Glen Ellyn Essential Tremor Support Group in memory of his mother, who also suffered from severe essential tremor. He spoke out about ET and the IETF at numerous health fairs, services clubs, and retirement communities; raising awareness wherever he went. Doug also served several years as a dedicated member of the IETF Board of Directors.
Doug loved his community and the world around him. He was a lifelong student, especially interested in science, history and family genealogy. Doug spent 20 years working as a high school biology teacher, as well as serving a term as president of the Michigan Education Association. He completed his PhD in education from Michigan State University in 1973, and for more than 20 years he was Director of Education for the American Osteopathic Association.
Doug was a caring husband and partner to his wife, Ruthann, for 57 wonderful years; loving father of the late Catherine Medecke, Laura (Ken) Hanks, Diane (Martin) Meyer; dear grandfather of Andrew (Jill) O’Neal, Douglas Murray, Carrie (Ben) Herrera, Alyssa (Tyler) Reaves, Joel Hanks, Allison, Stuart and Lauren Meyer; great grandfather of five great-grandsons; compassionate brother of Dr. Robert C. (Helen) Ward and Peggy (Sam) Scalzo; and adoring uncle to many nieces and nephews.
His compassion and leadership will be dearly missed.