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Resident Spotlight: Bill M.

Bill was born July 14, 1929 in Mount Savage, MD. He was the youngest of 7 children, and as he puts it, “I was a bit of an afterthought,” born 5 years after his second-youngest sibling. Although he was not born in D.C., he considers himself a native Washingtonian. Bill’s father was a mechanic for the railroad and his mother was a homemaker. As a young man, Bill excelled in school, particularly mathematics. He attended Gonzaga High School, graduating in 1947. Bill recalls being allowed to skip his Final Math exams at the end of his Senior year—although he would have preferred to skip his final Latin exam! Bill was also an active member of the dramatic society, acting in plays during three years of his high school career. After high school, Bill attended Strayer University and studied Accounting. He would go on to have a long career in accounting. He only just retired last July!

While he certainly has a mind for mathematics, Bill also has a deep and abiding love for art, theater, and opera. Bill’s fascination with the arts began early: a childhood friend traveled extensively, and their family collected Asian art, perhaps sparking Bill’s lifelong love of Eastern art and travel.  Bill attended his first opera with his sister at the young age of 15. As luck would have it, Bill’s sister had an extra ticket and invited him to Faust.  After attending his second opera, Madame Butterfly, he was hooked! Bill has seen well over 100 operas all over the world (including Switzerland, Vienna, and Turin), and held season tickets to the Washington National Opera for over 50 years.

Bill’s accounting career took him on business trips all over the world, from Hawaii to Switzerland. Although he had a long and successful career, he only held 3 jobs in his life. He finally retired after many years of faithful service at the young age of 88.

Bill has been active in the lives of his many nieces and nephews, traveling with them on trips around the world. Some of his most noteworthy trips with his nieces and nephews were to China, Portugal, Japan, and Spain. Bill has an extensive collection of Asian art which he started to collect at the age of 15 from his travels around the world, which is beautifully displayed throughout his home. He recently moved to Kensington Park after retiring last year and is looking forward to being a homebody during his retirement. He would like to thank the Kensington Park community for their support and interest in his art collection, and the warm welcome he has received since moving in.