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OBITUARY

Arthur "Bill" Guy

December 10, 1928April 20, 2014
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Dr. Arthur William “Bill” Guy passed away on April 20, 2014 in Seattle, WA. Bill was born in Helena, MT, on December 10, 1928. From 1947 to 1950 he served in the U.S. Air Force as a radar technician, and he was called back to duty as a reservist in the Korean War from 1951 to 1952. In 1952, Bill married Vivian Ruth Walker in Havre, Montana, and they raised four children in Seattle.

On the GI Bill, he received B.S. (1955), M.S. (1957), and Ph.D. (1966) degrees, all in electrical engineering, from the University of Washington, Seattle. His Ph.D. research entailed a multi-month sojourn in the Antarctic, leading to the development, construction, and establishment of the electrical properties of a 33.5 km long dipole antenna buried at the surface of the 2.5 km thick ice cap near Byrd Station, Antarctica. The antenna became a tool for continuing research on the ionosphere over the polar regions (http://www.washington.edu/research/pathbreakers/1960g.html).

In 1966, Dr. Guy joined the University of Washington faculty of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine where he served until he retired from the University in 1991. During that period, he became a Professor in the Center for Bioengineering, with a joint appointment as Professor in Rehabilitation Medicine and Adjunct Professor in Electrical Engineering. During his tenure, Dr. Guy was Director of the Bioelectromagnetics Research Laboratory and was involved in teaching and research in the area of biological effects and medical applications of electromagnetic energy.

When it came to Bill’s hobbies, he was more than an enthusiast; his hobbies were a way of life. Bill was an avid fisherman; he loved to hike and fish in the Montana and Washington wilderness regions as well as the Kamloops area in British Columbia, Canada, with Vivian and their children, brothers Ed and Bob, as well as other relatives and friends. In his later years, he organized annual four-wheel-drive trips into those areas, including many trips to Darkhorse Lake in Montana. Bill’s interest and skill in photography and home-video production provided thorough documentation of fishing success, dispelling any suspicion of exaggeration. At 13, Bill was building his own radios, later becoming a ham radio operator. He communicated with people all over the world and had a regular schedule for talking to his father in Montana and his longtime friend, Bob Tighe, in Washington. Bill had a successful and blissful retirement; he smiled a lot, and he was always on a learning curve keeping his computer hardware and software state of the art and up to date. With his children and grandchildren, he was a great teacher, story-teller, and practical joker, providing many happy and humorous memories. Dr. Guy was a Fellow of the AAAS and the IEEE. He was a charter member and former President of the Bioelectromagnetics Society and received the 1987 d’Arsonval award. Dr. Guy served on the IEEE ANSI committee that developed the protection guides for human exposures to radio-frequency fields in 1974 and 1982. As a member of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) specializing in nonionizing radiation, Dr. Guy contributed to Report 67 on RF EM Fields–Properties, Quantities and Units which provided a perspective for quantitatively relating a biological effect to a particular exposure and sought to instill rigor into the definitions of fundamental quantities and units for nonionizing radiation. He also served on many other governmental groups and committees on biological effects and exposure standards for nonionizing radiation. Dr. Guy was on the editorial boards of the Journal of Microwave Power and IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques. He held memberships in Phi Beta Kappa, Tau Beta Pi and Sigma XI. He has published 171 papers in the scientific literature. After retiring from the University, he continued to work as the principal of BioEM Consulting through 2005.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur Jack Guy and Evelyn Hebb Guy, and his sister Lois Johnson. Bill is survived by his wife of 62 years, Vivian; his siblings Bob Guy (Ollie May “Pinky”), Francis Whitaker (Fudd), Ed Guy, and Geri Fearn (Jim); his four children, Bill Guy (Kim), Sandra Zimmerman (Terry), Fred Guy (Beth), and Arla Guy (Ming Li); five grandchildren, Sarah Woodall (Cobey), Virdie Guy, Monika Rueb (Brian), Amanda Guy (Adam Beebe), and William Li; and three great-grandchildren, Bradyn Rueb, Maddy Rueb, and Jack Beebe. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to UW Bioengineering.

All are welcome to sign the online guestbook below and add any messages or stories for the Guy family.

Services

  • Celebration Of Life

    Friday, May 9, 2014

  • Reception

    Friday, May 9, 2014

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Arthur "Bill" Guy

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April 2, 2015

Bill was my best friend in Jr High High School and frosh year in College. Yes he was a
jokester. He kept his
spare chair n his work area wired and would shock the unwary.I did learn after a time or two to disconnect all wires to that chair. Miss those good times Bill.

Harvey Mays

April 2, 2015

Bill was my best friend in Jr High High School and frosh year in College. Yes he was a
jokester. He kept his
spare chair n his work area wired and would shock the unwary.I did learn after a time or two to disconnect all wires to that chair. Miss those good times Bill.

Richard Tell

May 5, 2014

Bill Guy was a long time friend through both professional as well as our mutual avocational interests in amateur radio. I have many good memories of Bill that I will never forget. These include, among others, travels through the old Soviet Union in 1978 to research labs to figure out why the Russians had such restrictive microwave exposure limits, operating amateur (ham) radio in Finland when I assisted in stringing up a wire antenna from Bill's upstairs hotel room to a distant tree down on the ground and using sign language with a guy at a Finnish gas station to "rent" an old car battery so we could fire up Bill's radio that he had brought with him so we could talk to hams all over Europe, working in the IEEE SC4 meeting at Bill's lab to help create the 1982 IEEE C95.1 standard, more ham radio endeavors outside of Boulder, CO on a mountain top where Bill, Reed Holaday (another ham) and I operated our low power handi-talkies on VHF to talk to other hams a hundred miles away, etc. and a salmon fishing trip off the west coast that Bill arranged one year. Some great memories.

I am so grateful that Bill responded with his thoughts on an early draft discussion paper that John Bergeron and I have put together on the present RF safety standard. Bill was exceedingly practical and pretty much spot on in his assessment of RF exposure. He often shared with me details of his many experimental measurements related to RF dosimetry that have proved very useful in my better understanding of the hazards of RF over the years. I'm going to really miss him.

...Ric Tell, K5UJU

Francis Spelman

May 3, 2014

Bill Guy was a highly respected and generous member of the faculty in Bioengineering and Electrical Engineering. I knew him as a new member of the faculty of Bioengineering and, a few years later when he helped me to evaluate an instrument that I developed to measure the respiration of premature monkeys in incubators. The instrument used a radar unit that was developed originally to open doors automatically. My colleagues and I were concerned that the use of microwave radiation might cause damage to the developing infant monkeys. Bill advised us with the development of an experiment in rats to test the radar unit. We measured the signals generated to illuminate developing rats and found that there was basically no damage. We were able to use the device safely to evaluate breathing in premature monkeys. Bill was generous with his time and gave excellent advice, always delivered gently and with good humor.

Later I was a part of a research project between the Regional Primate Research Center and the Cardiology Institute of the Soviet Union. Bill had already done pioneering work on the interaction of electromagnetic radiation and biological tissue. He had a rich experience with Soviet Scientists. Again, he offered the wealth of his experience. He collaborated informally with our research team, led by Dr. Orville Smith, to host and entertain our Soviet colleagues when they were in Seattle. We had fine times together with the Soviets and enjoyed Bill's graciousness and humor in both formal and informal situations.

Bill was a first-rate example of a superb faculty member. He led with gentility and humility while always ensuring that the science and human interactions were impeccable.

Francis A. (Sandy) Spelman, Professor Emeritus
Department of Bioengineering

Dan Zimmerman

April 29, 2014

We were treated like royalty by Bill and Vivian when we visited Washington last summer. As Son-in-law Terry's brother and family, we were distant relatives but they welcomed us with open arms and opening their house for our multi-day visit. Bill gave our fishing loving son a tour of his prized personally narrated fishing videos. He also gave us the scoop on what to see and do on the Olympic Peninsula. They couldn't have been any kinder. We remember too the multiple times he spent hours scanning my dad's slides, delivering them to Terry for him to present us with a Christmas DVD of memories. Though a man of great personal accomplishments, he was always humble, kind, welcoming, and generous. We have great memories of our time with them. Dan & Sue Zimmerman and family.

April 28, 2014

Sorry to learn of Bill's passing. He was a giant in the field of biologic effects of electromagnetic energy. More important, he was one of the good people.
Gene Taylor

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Bill and John Malcom, Kessler AFB, Summer 1947

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Served in the United States Air Force

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Engagement

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Just married

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Bill and John Malcom, Kessler AFB, Summer 1947

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Served in the United States Air Force

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Engagement

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Just married

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Father honoring son’s B.S. degree

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At the beach with Dad

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Bill and his children

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He loved to fish

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Bill and his family (1964)

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