Dr William Duncan “Bill” Copeland

Dr William Duncan “Bill” Copeland

Denver, Denver County, Colorado, USA
Death 26 Feb 1984 (aged 87)
Polson, Lake County, Montana, USA
Burial Polson, Lake County, Montana, USA
Plot 6a-109-1
Memorial ID 95738228 View Source

Bill Copeland, a native of Georgetown, Colorado, was raised in Georgetown and Denver. He graduated from Colorado College in 1919 and did graduate work at Harvard. Bill married Evelyn Stannard, one of his students, upon her graduation from CC in 1924. They had three children: Evelyn Alayne Copeland Van Dyck (1930-1993); William Duncan Copeland, Jr. (1934-1998) and Robert Milton Copeland (1938 - ). Dr. Copeland was Debate Coach, English instructor, and Secretary of Colorado College (1920-1934); President, Lincoln College, Lincoln, Illinois (1933-1944); and Vice President, Lake Forest College, Lake Forest Illinois (1944-1946). Wanting to raise the kids out west, he took the position of President, Billings (MT) Polytechnic Institute in 1946. Under his direction it became Rocky Mountain College in 1947. After putting the College back on its post-WWII feet, Bill was ordained in 1951 and left Rocky Mountain to become pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, Polson, Montana where he served until his retirement in 1965.

A longtime member of Rotary International, Bill served as district governor of three different districts. He was a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow and at one time had a perfect attendance record of 23 years.

Bill and Evelyn (q.v.) remained at their house by the side of the road on 12.5 acres on the lower East Shore of Flathead Lake, happily enjoying their rose and vegetable gardening and many other pursuits, until their respective deaths in 1984 and 1990.

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