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William Leonard Eginton

March 4, 1927 January 2, 2019
William Leonard Eginton
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Obituary for William Leonard Eginton

William Leonard Eginton (Bill), newspaperman and community volunteer, 91, died January 2, 2019.

Bill was born in Storm Lake, Iowa on March 4, 1927, the son of Ruby McCreery Eginton and George Burr Eginton. Just out of high school at age 18 he joined the Navy as a recruit to officer training school and served on the USS Missouri, then graduated from Oberlin College in 1949. Bill worked on newspapers in Amsterdam, NY and Charles City, IA before joining The Iowa City Press Citizen as a reporter in 1953, and served as Managing Editor from 1966-1980. While at the paper he championed urban renewal, civil rights, better relations between the university and city, and the right to protest the Vietnam war. He built a paper well-known for excellent state as well as local reporting. Bill received awards for his editorials and feature writing from the Iowa Press Association, the Associated Press, and the National Daily Press Association, and he led the Press Citizen to awards both local and national for overall best paper of its size. After retiring from the newspaper Bill briefly taught writing in the Journalism school, and volunteered for 30 plus years at the Crisis Center, doing every job from the phones several times a week to 3 stints as interim director. He also worked at the Food Bank from its inception until he was 85, and was active in Veterans for Peace and the Democratic Party. He joined the Unitarian Universalist Society in 1954 and served on several pledge and capital campaigns, minister searches, and director’s boards. Bill married his beloved wife, poet Kay Ruth (Boehnke) Eginton in 1954. Together they enjoyed traveling in the United States and Europe, in particular Austria. Bill was an avid reader, pursuing a lifelong passion for history and geography, and loved to bike, walk, and ski. He biked and walked to work from Manville Heights daily, and after moving to Marcy Street he walked to Prairie Lights daily to pick up his New York Times. Bill skiied for the last time when he was 85.

He is survived by his wife Kay, his children Margaret Eginton of Iowa City, Drew Eginton of Storm Lake, Alison Eginton of Dallas, and Rob Eginton (Nora Neukirchen) of Erlangen, Germany, as well as grandchildren Grace, Will, Robbie, Hannah, Lisa, and Charlie Eginton. He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Robert McCreery Eginton.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on January 12th, Saturday at 1 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Society, 2355 Oakdale Road, Coralville. A reception will follow the service.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Crisis Center or the Unitarian Universalist Society Building Fund.
*** Please note that there is no parking available on Abbie Court.

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1:00 PM 1/12/2019 1:00:00 PM
Unitarian Universalist Society

2355 Oakdale Road
Iowa City, IA 52241

A reception will follow the service.

Unitarian Universalist Society
2355 Oakdale Road Iowa City 52241 IA
United States

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Oakland Cemetery Final Resting Place

1000 Brown St
Iowa City, IA 52245

1000 Brown St Iowa City 52245 IA
United States

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