Willard "Bill" G. Warrington

October 24, 1920May 23, 2013

Dr. Willard Glade Warrington “Bill” was born at home in Ray, Illinois on October 24, 1920. He passed away on May 23, 2013 in East Lansing, Michigan. Bill grew up with his sister, Neva on a family farm in western Illinois, riding a horse to a one room school, after he finished his chores. Bill was the first in his family to graduate from college, attending Western Illinois University and the University of Illinois.

In his personal life Bill valued interacting with people from all walks of life. He loved to travel, (everywhere from Alaska to Australia; Eastern Europe to the Philippines), follow MSU sports, read (especially history), fishing, camping, mushrooming, gardening and home improvement. However, Bill’s greatest love was his family, investing in them with much time and wise council. A devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, he leaves behind his loving wife of 41 years, Janette, his four children, David, Dr. Steven W., Dr. Stephen C. and Jane, his six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife Irene (married 24 years), and his son, Douglas.

Bill lived most of his life in East Lansing, serving as a professor at Michigan State University for over 33 years and retiring as dean of University College at MSU. He was recognized as an international expert in testing and measurement, receiving many awards, including the Distinguished Faculty Award at MSU. Bill was also a founding member of University United Methodist Church as well as a founding member and past president of the Michigan Head Injury Alliance

Bill was a veteran, serving in WWII, and was involved in D-Day (forecasting the weather for the allied invasion), and also in the Air Force Reserves, retiring from the military as a Lt. Colonel.

He will be missed…..

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages contributions to the Cedarway Children’s Camp, 4515 S. Cedar St., Lansing, Michigan 48910

Visitation: Monday 7:00 PM, The Glens of Whitehills Clubhouse, 1500 Woodglen, East Lansing. Memorial Service: Tuesday 2:00 PM, University United Methodist Church, East Lansing


  • Visitation Monday, May 27, 2013
  • Memorial Service Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Willard "Bill" G. Warrington

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Betsy Kerr Reid

May 28, 2013

My childhood would not be complete if it did not include memories of the entire Warrington family. As a childhood friend of Jane's, I spent a lot of time at the house on Marigold. It was a fun, friendly, and loving place. My thoughts and prayers to the entire family on the loss of your wonderful Dad.

Bill Mehrens

May 28, 2013

I had the great opportunity to associate with Bill for over 45 years. I knew he had a fine reputation as both a scholar and a person before I came to MSU in 1965. Since that time I have had innumerable opportunities to verify that fine reputation. Great as his scholarship was, his characteristics as a warm and trusted friend impressed me even more. Bill was well known for his scholarship, warmth, trustworthyness, administrative skill, and humility. He will be greatly missed.
Bill Mehrens, East Lansing, MI

Dawn Otto

May 28, 2013

dear Uncle Bill, you are going be missed very much,but not forgotten.your Children,grandkids,niece and nephews and friends are going to keep your memories alive as you are sitting and still living innour heart, as my Father is doing the same.To your Family I'm sorry for their loss of you and my prayers go out each and everyone. Love Dawn Rogers Otto( Cedar Park, Texas)

Shirley Hodges

May 27, 2013

The world has lost a truly wonderful individual. I had the privilege of working with Dr. Warrington for several years. He was not only an employer but also an incredible friend and he will be greatly missed.

May 26, 2013

I knew Bill both as a friend and administrator and always appreciated his warmth and kindness. With deep sympathy, Elaine Cherney, Scottadale, AZ

Mary Bolt

May 26, 2013

I have known Dr. Warrington for several years, having helped him with his hearing needs. Even on days when he was clearly not feeling well, he maintained a positive and cheerful composure. He enjoyed a warm and loving relationship with his family and spoke of them often. I am fortunate to have known him and will miss him.