Maryland Emergency Medical Expert Dies

Maryland Emergency Medical Expert Dies

News Nov 13, 2012

Nov. 12--William E. "Bill" Hathaway, an emergency medical services expert who taught the subject at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and earlier had served in the Army Intelligence Corps, died Nov. 1 of cancer at his home in Amherst, Va.

The former Annapolis resident was 75.

Mr. Hathaway was born in Chicago and moved in 1945 with his family to McLean, Va., where he graduated in 1955 from Fairfax High School.

After graduating from West Point in 1961, he served in an artillery unit before joining the Intelligence Corps, where he worked in Washington for the Defense Intelligence Agency.

He resigned his commission in 1969. His decorations included a Bronze Star, Air Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal and Army Commendation Medal.

After leaving the Army, he taught eighth-grade mathematics in Baltimore public schools and managed a treatment center for delinquent boys.

He earned a master's degree in personnel administration in 1968 from George Washington University and a second master's degree from the Johns Hopkins University.

In the early 1970s, Mr. Hathaway joined Dr. R Adams Cowley, who had founded in 1961 what became Maryland Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

From 1974 to 1981, Mr. Hathaway held a variety of positions, including chief coordinator of the Maryland Division of Emergency Medical Services, director of planning and development for the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services, and later its director of field services, where he oversaw an annual budget of $5 million and 70 employees.

During the 1980s and 1990s, Mr. Hathaway's expertise led him to travel overseas to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Estonia and Latvia as a member of training teams that helped develop emergency care systems based on Shock Trauma.

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After leaving Maryland's Division of Emergency Medical Services, he became an EMS instructor at UMBC, where he remained until retiring in 1999.

Gov. Harry R. Hughes appointed him to the Maryland Emergency Numbers (911) Systems board in 1979 and reappointed him in 1984.

Gov. Parris N. Glendening honored Mr. Hathaway with a Governor's Citation for his "distinguished service as an instructor at UMBC and for his efforts to develop Maryland's Emergency Medical System."

After moving to Amherst some years ago, Mr. Hathaway served on the town planning commission and county library board and volunteered with Meals on Wheels.

He was also a master gardener and enjoyed landscaping projects.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Ascension Episcopal Church, 253 S. Main St., Amherst.

Surviving are his wife of 33 years, Lillian Wray; a son, William Kristin "Kris" Hathaway of Ellicott City; a daughter, Susan Hathaway Scotto of Columbia; and five grandchildren. An earlier marriage ended in divorce.

Copyright 2012 - The Baltimore Sun

The Baltimore Sun
Frederick N. Rasmussen
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