Bill Hinkley, 60, died
Monday, September 12, 2005 at his home in Tallahassee.
A memorial service was
held at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, September 16th at the Miccosukee Land
Co-op Community Center. Photos from the memorial service are posted
The family asks that memorial contributions
may be made to the University of Florida Foundation c/o Hinkley Center
for Solid and Hazardous Waste Management, 2207 NW 13 Street, Suite
D, Gainesville, FL 32609. A scholarship fund has been established
in Bill's name, at his request.
Bill grew up in Parkridge, Illinois, and graduated from the University
of Michigan with a degree in history. He continued his studies at the
University of Illinois and moved to Tallahassee to attend Florida State
University, where he earned his B.S. in biology. Bill devoted nearly 30
years of his life to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection
(FDEP), serving most recently as Chief of the Bureau of Solid and Hazardous
Waste. He was passionate about his work and dedicated to the belief that
reason and good science can solve most environmental problems.
Bill was well known as a champion
of environmental protection. He was the architect of Florida’s
Recycling and Solid Waste Management Plan, the special projects
acid rain initiative, and the
research team leader of the initiative which ultimately led to the
elimination of the use of
wood destined for residential use. He drafted the legislation
to create the Florida Center for Solid and
(The Center was recently renamed the William W. "Bill" Hinkley Center
for Solid and Hazardous Waste Management.) He was honored
with a Lifetime
Award by the Solid Waste Association of
as Employee of the Year by FDEP.
Bill’s work led to break throughs that will protect Florida’s
environment for many years into the future.
Survivors include his wife,
Mary Hinkley of Tallahassee; a son, Asa Hinkley of Jacksonville;
two daughters, Rachael Hinkley of Tampa and Georgia Hinkley of Tallahassee;
his mother Dorothy Hinkley of Arlington Heights, IL; a sister, Kathy
Monestero, of Streamwood, IL; and his brother, Clark Hinkley of