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In Memory of

William Edmund Hewitt

October 6, 1943 - November 27, 2016

Obituary


William Edmund (Bill) Hewitt of Williamsburg, Virginia, died at his home with his wife by his side on Sunday, November 27th, due to complications from congestive heart failure.

He is survived by his wife, Ann; brother, Brian Rivers; Sister-in-law, Laurie Rivers of Cincinnati, Ohio; nephew, Tom Rivers; and many long-time dear friends here in Williamsburg and all over the country.

Bill was born in 1943 in Fresno, California. He received his Bachelor of Arts in English and his Master of Arts in Philosophy from the University of California (Davis) where he was...

William Edmund (Bill) Hewitt of Williamsburg, Virginia, died at his home with his wife by his side on Sunday, November 27th, due to complications from congestive heart failure.

He is survived by his wife, Ann; brother, Brian Rivers; Sister-in-law, Laurie Rivers of Cincinnati, Ohio; nephew, Tom Rivers; and many long-time dear friends here in Williamsburg and all over the country.

Bill was born in 1943 in Fresno, California. He received his Bachelor of Arts in English and his Master of Arts in Philosophy from the University of California (Davis) where he was a Woodrow Wilson fellow. He was an instructor in Philosophy at Sacramento City College, Sacramento, California from 1968 to 1970.
In 1971, Bill moved to San Juan Island, Washington where he bought land and built his own house. From 1973 to 1980, he served as Court Services Specialist for the Administrator of Juvenile Court Services in San Juan County, Washington. He was a member of the Office of the Administrator of the Courts in Olympia, Washington from 1980 to 1984.

In 1986 Bill began an illustrious career at the National Center for State Courts in Williamsburg, Virginia, the preeminent judicial reform organization of the United States and the world. As a Senior Research Associate, Bill served as a visionary researcher and project director, completing many publications on a wide range of judicial administration issues including access to justice, defense services for indigents, court reporting, trial court performance standards, and technology in the court room to name a few.

Bill's final years at the National Center for State Courts were devoted to building a national network of court interpreting services that resulted in the creation of a 35 state partnership known as The Consortium for State Court Interpreter Certification. By his retirement, over 500 state court interpreters were certified in 25 languages. As a Utah judge put it: "Bill is a champion of minorities in this country. His leadership and commitment have improved access to justice for hundreds of thousands of linguistic minorities who come into our nation's courts each year."
Not content with being a finalist in the Kennedy School of Government's "Innovations in American Government Award Program", Bill was awarded a five year grant to develop the Federal Court Interpreter Certification Project, a flagship testing and certification program for interpreters throughout the United States.
Around 2004, he left all his work behind and started following his personal philosophy taped to his refrigerator. It said: "One's highest calling is to engage in enriching escapades at every turn." And engage he did. The adventurer i him took him and his wife sailing the Caribbean Islands many times. He explored the waters of the Chesapeake Bay in his 22 foot fishing boat. When he and his wife started to scuba dive, they amassed over 200 dives in five years. Scuba diving in the Andaman Sea in Thailand, the Rock Islands of Palau, as well as many islands in the Caribbean was some of his best memories. Bill loved classical and blues music and played the blues harmonica. His friends will most remember Bill for his integrity, friendship, and zest for life.

A tree planting and a private Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Donations in Bill's memory may be made to the Heritage Humane Society, 230 Waller Mill Road, Williamsburg, Virginia, 23185, www.heritagehumanesociety.org. Online condolences to the family may be expressed at www.nelsencares.com.