celebration of life ceremony will be held starting at 1:00 pm, Saturday,
December 6th at the First United Methodist Church in Eugene,
for William G. "Bill" Loy. Bill died November 15th
of complications from cancer. He was 67.
was born October 13th, 1936, in Dawson, New Mexico, the second
son of Hubert and Charlotte Loy. He married Esther Korpi in August 1962.
She died in April 1983. He married Maude Caldwell on January 4th,
completed high school in Duluth, Minnesota. He completed his bachelorís
degree at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, masterís degree at the
University of Chicago and PhD at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.
taught for 30 years in the Geography Department at the University of
Oregon from 1967 to 1997; he also served as department chair. He taught
cartography and the physical geography of Oregon, among other topics.
Bill served as Director and Cartographer of the first edition of
the Atlas of Oregon in 1976. He followed up 25 years later as
Editor of the second edition of the Atlas. Both books won numerous
awards, including the Globe Book Award from the Association of American
Geographers (2001) and the Best Book and Atlas Award from the American
Congress on Surveying and Mapping (2002), and have served as the model for
many other state atlases.
was awarded two Fulbright grants allowing him to study and teach in
Ireland and Austria. He
received many other professional awards, including the Distinguished
Service Award from the University of Oregon (2002), Oregon Scientist of
the Year (1997) from the Oregon Academy of Science, Distinguished Service
Award from the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers (1991), and the
Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Minnesota, Duluth
was an active member of many professional and community organizations.
His professional affiliations included the American Association of
Geographers, the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers (President in
1987-88), the Lane County Geographical Society, the Oregon Geographic
Names Board. He was an active
community member, dedicating his time and energy to the Eugene Round Table
(President), First United Methodist Church, First Congregational Church,
and the University of Oregon Friendship Foundation for International
Students. He donated over 100
units of blood to the blood bank.
was a second generation Eagle Scout and also served as Scoutmaster for
many years in Eugene. He was an avid photographer, woodworker, and reader.
He traveled extensively his entire life.
was on active duty in the United States Navy for three years, and a
reservist for an additional 17 years, reaching the rank of Commander.
His primary role as a Naval Officer was serving aboard the USS
Tanner mapping the floor of the Persian Gulf in the late 1950s and early
addition to his wife, Maude, Bill is survived by his mother, Charlotte
Loy, brother, Merrill Loy, son, David Loy, daughter Ellen Loy Schroer and
son-in-law Frank Schroer, step-daughter, Debbi Caldwell Vanlandingham and
step-son-in-law Stanley Vanlandingham, and four grandchildren. He is also
survived by his first mother-in-law, Alice Korpi, and brother-in-law, John
Korpi, and extended family, June and Warner Kirlin.
Memorial contributions may be made to University of Oregon Foundation (PO Box 3346, Eugene, OR 97403-3346) for the Geography Department in the name of Bill Loy, or to the First United Methodist Church (1376 Olive Street, Eugene, OR 97401).