William Nathaniel "Bill" Babcock

March 23, 1934December 19, 2012

William Nathaniel “Bill” Babcock passed away peacefully on December 19, 2012 after an extended illness. Bill was born in Wytheville, Virginia on March 23, 1934 to Kate Anderson Babcock and Mark Babcock. He grew up in Daytona Beach, Florida. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Julie Cheves Babcock, his son Mark William Babcock (Laura) and grandchildren Sophie, Eva and Max, of Madrid, Spain, and his brother James M Babcock (Anita) of Tampa. Bill graduated from Mainland High School in Daytona Beach in 1953 and served in the US Marine Corps before attending the University of Florida, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Education in 1960 and a Master of Education in 1966. After graduation, Bill became an educator, teaching for more than 47 years, including 41 years at The Bolles School. Bill began his career at Bolles in 1966 and retired in 2007. He taught many subjects during his tenure at Bolles – including history, economics, and AP levels of US and comparative government. He served as chairman of the Social Studies Department until 1997 and was then named chair emeritus. As Director of Student Activities, Bill was also an instrumental mentor and inspiration to students in the National Honor Society and the Student Council. He was the first person to be named The Henrietta Donovan Chair of American Studies and was one of four teachers citywide selected for the Gladys Prior Award for Career Teaching Excellence in 2002. In addition to his work at Bolles, Bill served the Advanced Placement Program of the College Board as a Grader, Table Leader, and Consultant in the subject of Comparative Government from 1988 to 2005. Bill was an active member of Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church, and had served as an ordained Deacon. Visitation will be held Friday, December 21, at Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church from 5:30-7 p.m. A memorial service will be held in the church sanctuary on Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Dr. Kyle Reese officiating. the family suggests that memorial contributions be made in Bill’s memory to Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church, The Bolles School, or a Parkinson’s disease research foundation. Words of comfort can be left at Arrangements are under the care and direction of Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home 4115 Hendricks Ave. Jacksonville, FL 32207. (904) 346-3808.


  • Visitation Friday, December 21, 2012
  • Memorial Service Saturday, December 22, 2012

William Nathaniel "Bill" Babcock

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Mayer Becker

June 3, 2013

Condolences on Bill's passing, from a student who learned much from him, and admired his passion for education.

Diego Almeida

January 17, 2013

One of the best teachers I ever had. Sorry for your loss.

Caroline Kennerly

December 29, 2012

Julie, I was sad to hear of the passing of Bill. He was a wonderful man and touched so many lives. What a tribute to have made such a positive impact on so many people.

I can't help but think he is in heaven right now, with a captive audience of angels, teaching them a thing or two about history and government.

You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May you find peace in knowing that one day we will all be together again.

Marty Fiorentino

December 24, 2012

Bill Babcock had a great impact on my life and many, many others. He was one of the best teachers I ever had. If you called central casting and asked them to send you a professor, they would have sent Bill Babcock. His classes were intelectually stimulating and left you wanting more as the bell rang. My love of government and politics are directly attributable to his lessons and the education I received as his student. His legacy as a teacher, educator and mentor will be felt for many years to come and his impact on The Bolles School cannot be overstated. Julie, thank you for all you and Bill mean to so many of us who have crossed your paths at Bolles. May the blessings of the birth of our Savior be with you and your family during this Christmas season and give you comfort in your grief. Marty Fiorentino, Class of 1977

December 24, 2012

Julie, dear -- the sight of the two of you together will be sorely missed, and Bill's presence will leave a hole in our lives. He was quite a guy! Love you dearly -- Julie and Bill Mason

Steven, Michelle, Alex & Tony DelVecchio

December 23, 2012

We are so sorry for your loss. May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.

December 23, 2012

So glad Richard and I were able once again to share in the love and support of the Bolles family at rhe service for Bill. Julie,please know we all share your loss, Bill was special to all of us too.
Richard and Dot Herbert
Tallahassee, Fl.

December 23, 2012

Bill and you have been so kind to Carol and me.Both of you have given so much to so many to make their journey better for knowing you both.Now may you find comfort and peace in the days when you remember many great times spent together.

A less than stellar student

December 22, 2012

Billy Babcock was an excellent teacher. Tough when needed, compassionate when appropriate and always, always fair. I had the pleasure of knowing him as a teacher and a colleague. Exceptional man on the Bolles campus. My thoughts and prayers to a Julie and Mark

boots bailey

December 22, 2012

Our lord received a precious gift on Dec.19th...Bill will be missed by our class of "53".I pray each day will be easier for you and Mark and family.
My love and sympathy,Boots Bailey