It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of William Goodyear “Bill” Rand, Sr., January 26, 2015, at age 85. Bill became a great supporter of the Department of Art in 1994 when he established the Bettie Allison Rand Lectures in Art History in memory of his wife. Bettie had been an avid supporter of the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh and the couple had traveled widely throughout Europe and Asia to see the major art museums of the world. With the Bettie Allison Rand Lectures Bill envisioned bringing great scholars to UNC to talk about their research in art history, especially of the Renaissance through early Modern periods. The public presentation of these lectures are published in book or DVD, thus making them available to a broader public. In addition, Bill was a remarkable man: kind, energetic, generous, and loyal, with a great love of his family and friends. Indeed, he made his friends feel like family. While Bill truly enjoyed art in all its forms, and traveled to all the great museum and concert halls across the globe, he never shied away from seeking new adventures, including safaris and zip-lines. He loved taking his entire extended family on trips each summer, traveling together in places as far flung as Alaska, Norway or Africa, and he would often speak stirringly about these family trips. He will be greatly missed.
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