William Easterling, MD

William Easterling

December, 28, 2011

Dr. William (Bill) Ewart Easterling died at the age of 81 on December 28, 2011 of pancreatic cancer. Bill was born in Raleigh, North Carolina on October 8, 1930. He was educated in the Raleigh public schools. He served as President of his high school senior class. Dr. Easterling attended Duke University as an undergraduate on a prestigious Angier B. Duke scholarship. He then matriculated The University of North Carolina School of Medicine. This was the beginning of a life long career at UNC. After completion of medical school, he served his residency training in Ob-Gyn at UNC. Bill took a post-doctoral traineeship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility @ UCLA in 1964.

Dr. Easterling served many important roles for the UNC Medical School. He was an original member of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology. He played an important role in the department’s research efforts, especially those utilizing urinary estriol levels to monitor the fetal health in pregnant women with diabetes. At the time, this was on the cutting edge of predicting fetal outcomes. He was a wonderful and very popular clinician as well.

Whenever he was called on to work for the good of the Institution he did and did well. His service included Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and Chief of Staff of UNC Hospitals for 15 years, acting Dean of the Medical School for a year, and the Associate Dean for CME and Alumni Affairs for nine years.

Bill was very involved in community activities and his church. His passion was Penick Village Episcopal Home for the Aging in Southern Pines, North Carolina. He and his wife Ellyn were married nearly 60 years and raised five sons. He was so very proud and dedicated to all of them. Besides Ellyn, he is survived by William, III and wife Mary of State College, PA, David and wife Kimberly of Asheville, NC, Bryan and wife Carole, and Wyatt all of Nashville, TN, and Jeffrey and wife Melinda of Chapel Hill; and fourteen Easterling grandchildren: Hannah, Elise, Sara, Katie, Colton, Adam, Helen, Claire, Elizabeth, and Chelsea; step grandchildren: Joel, Arin, Cole, and William.

We have lost one of a kind in Bill Easterling. I have been a very lucky person to have known and worked with him for more than 45 years. He will be missed.

Submitted by Wesley C. “Butch” Fowler, Jr.

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