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Bill Kershaw


Bill Kershaw

Bill was born August 30, 1923; he passed peacefully on June 13, 2015, He was 91.

Born and raised in the Philadelphia, PA area until World War II. In 1942 Bill joined the US Army Signal Corps and served until the end of the War. He was educated at Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Temple University and Stanford, obtaining a BA in Electrical Engineering in 1948.

After a year working as an Engineer, he decided that his life's work should be in teaching instead. He taught both 4th and 5th grades at Chestnut Hill Academy and Meadowbrook School for the next 25 years.

Bill founded one of the first wilderness travel camps for boys. Wilderness Travel Camp took boys ages 10-16 camping, hiking, canoeing, exploring all over this country, Canada and worldwide for 30 summers. He loved introducing boys to the wonders of nature.

Bill never married, and was fulfilled by his teaching and his camp trips.

In 1977, Bill purchased 1000 acre parcel near Goldendale, WA with his sister Meg and her husband Larry. They subdivided and developed 190 5 acre homesites, calling it Ponderosa Park. He was part of the creation of the development. He was a substitute teacher in Goldendale, a scoutmaster with the local Boy Scout Troop.

After his sister Meg passed, he left Washington State to move to Vermont to be closer to his surviving relatives, niece, Wendy Bridgewater, and Grandniece, Lisa Bridgewater. He lived in Shelburne, Vermont before moving to the Lodge at Otter Creek.

Bill felt his greatest joy and accomplishment in life was in improving the lives of young boys.

Bill donated his remains to UVM medical school, his teaching continues.

A private family service is planned for later in the summer at the family camp on the Maine coast.


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