William Webster Weddington “Bill”, 79, died peacefully on September 5, 2022 at his home in Palm Springs, California.
Bill was born in Macon, GA to Bill and Kathryn Weddington on August 9, 1943. He graduated with a BS ’65 and MD ’70 from Emory University. After serving in the United States Navy as a Lieutenant Commander, Bill joined the faculty as an Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, at the University of Chicago Medical School, where he spent most of his university career.
As a full professor, he taught psychiatry residents, served on doctoral dissertation committees, and led rigorous research initiatives in the field of addiction medicine, while providing psychiatric intervention to patients with chronic and terminal illnesses. Bill also served as medical director, overseeing substance abuse services for the US Department. or Veterans Affairs before his retirement. Recognized by all who knew him as a beautiful soul, Bill made significant contributions to psychiatry.
Bill is survived by his wife, Mark Reinecke of Palm Springs, CA; his sister, Alice Weddington Anderson and brother-in-law Dub Anderson of Dawsonville, GA; two nephews: Cooper Anderson (Christina) and Benji Anderson (Katie) and two great-nephews, Sam Anderson and Charlie Anderson, and beloved extended family.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that contributions be made in Bill’s memory to one of the following:
Bill Maness Good Samaritan Scholarship Fund, Inc., PO Box 12335, Atlanta GA 30355
ACLU Foundation, ACLU Development, 9450 SW Gemini Dr, PMB 62825, Beaverton, OR 97008-7105.