William L. Beedles

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William L. (Bill) Beedles escaped from these earthly bonds on September 24, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. A Celebration of Life, Bill's last happy hour, will be on Sunday, October 21, 2018 from 4 to 7 pm at the Carnegie Building, 200 West 9th Street, Lawrence, Kansas. If you would like, the family requests thoughts, memories, and yes, even bad jokes be written on 3x5 index cards, a favorite note/list making tool frequently seen in Bill's shirt pocket. There will be a basket to hold the cards and you are invited to read/tell your memories during "open mic" beginning at 5.30 pm.

Bill was born April 9, 1948 to Irene (Connor) Beedles and Roy W. (Pat) Beedles, joining his big sister, Betty. The family moved to Baldwin City in 1950 where they ran Beedles Motor Company, a Ford dealership, for 20 years until Pat died. Bill grew up in Baldwin where his primary interests were football, basketball, track, and girls, completing high school in 1966.

He then started studies at Kansas State University, earning B.S. and M.S. degrees in Business in 1970 and 1971, including a commission in the Army via ROTC. The highlight of his years at K.S.U. was meeting and falling for the love of his life, Ann Vanderlip. After A.G. branch school in Indianapolis in early 1972 Bill moved to Austin, Texas, earning a Ph.D. in Finance in 1975, where Ann started her lifetime career in early childhood education. The highlight of his time at U.T. was marrying Ann in Wichita on December 21, 1974, the longest night of the year. In 1975 the couple moved to Bloomington, Indiana where Bill enjoyed three wonderful years as an Assistant Professor of Finance in the I.U. Business School, and they both enjoyed an NCAA basketball championship.

In 1978 Bill hoodwinked the leadership at the K.U. School of Business to offer him a position as Associate Professor where he spent the rest of his career, retiring in 2018 as a full Professor (1982). Highlights of the 40 years included Director of Master's Programs, acting Associate Dean, Chair of the Promotions and Tenure Committee, Faculty Coordinator of Executive Education, and Director of Undergraduate Programs. And again, Bill and Ann enjoyed KU Basketball and their 1988 and 2008 NCAA National Championships. The real highlights involved the birth of their children and grandchildren: Maggie (Chris) – Amadeus, Gaea, and Nice (St. Roberts, Missouri; Patricia (Kirk) – Isla (Lone Star, KS); and Cyrus (Molly) – Portland, Oregon. The family took advantage of teaching and research opportunities including the Texas Public Utilities Commission (Austin), Monash University (Melbourne, Australia), The University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia) Portland State University (Portland, Oregon), and Paderno (Italy).

Bill was proceeded by the death of his parents, sister, mother-in-law, father-in-law, and sister-in-law. He is survived by his wife, children and grandchildren, and many cousins most of whom who have also spent their lives in Kansas. Always an educator until the end, Bill donated his remains to the KU Medical Center. Memorials may be directed to the Bill Beedles First Generation Student Scholarship via the KU Endowment Association, or the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center Endowment, or the .
Published in Lawrence Journal-World from Sept. 29 to Oct. 2, 2018
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