Past RI President Bill Huntley, of Sutton-on-Sea, England, died on 20 February. In addition to serving Rotary International as president in 1994-95, he served the organization as district governor, International Assembly discussion leader, committee member and chair, Rotary information counselor, Foundation trustee and trustee chair, director, and vice president.

Huntley was a member of the Rotary Club of Alford & Mablethorpe and an honorary member of the Rotary clubs of London, Stapleford & Sandiacre, and St. Louis. He also served as vice president and president of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI).

The past RI president was a recipient of The Rotary Foundation's Citation for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Award. He also received the PolioPlus Pioneer Award and the PolioPlus International Service Award for his extraordinary service to PolioPlus.

Having lost their father in early childhood, Huntley and his younger brother grew up in a single-parent household during the Great Depression. Hard-working and intelligent, he won scholarships to grammar school and university. Huntley held a degree in religious education from Leeds University and in education from Lancaster College. Later in life, he was awarded honorary doctorates from Hull College, in the town of his birth, and Hanyang University in Korea.

Although he first embarked on a teaching career specializing in religious education, Huntley was soon drawn to youth rehabilitation and training after encounters with juvenile delinquents.

During his presidential year, Huntley encouraged Rotarians to Be a Friend (the 1994-95 RI theme) and emphasized community service at the local and international levels. His lifelong commitment to community service included Rotary volunteer missions to India, Mexico, Sri Lanka, and Thailand and serving as a member of the World of Children International Advisory Council.

Huntley's outstanding volunteer leadership was recognized at home and abroad: He was a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire and was invested by the president of Venezuela with the Order of Simón Bolívar.

A memorial service will be held Friday, 3 March at 2 p.m. at the Methodist Church, Sutton-on-Sea, Lincolnshire.

Huntley is survived by his wife Audrey, and daughters Anne, Deborah, Jill, and Sue. Condolences may be sent to the family at Barton Lodge, 69 Church Lane, Sutton-on-Sea, Lincolnshire, England LN12 2JA. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Rotary Foundation in his name are welcome