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William "Bill" Leonard Eginton

Iowa City

William "Bill" Leonard Eginton, newspaperman and community volunteer, 91, died Wednesday, Jan. 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 shool at age 18, he joined the U.S. Navy as a recruit to officer training school and served on the USS Missouri, and then graduated from Oberlin College in 1949. Bill worked on newspapers in Amsterdam, N.Y., and Charles City, Iowa, before joining the Iowa City Press-Citizen as a reporter in 1953, and served as managing editor from 1966 to 1980. While at the newspaper, he championed urban renewal, civil rights, better relations between the university and city and the right to protest the Vietnam War. He built a newspaper 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. Also he led the Press-Citizen to awards both local and national for overall best newspaper of its size. After retiring from the newspaper, Bill briefly taught writing in the journalism school, and volunteered for more than 30 years at the Crisis Center, doing every job from the phones several times a week to three 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 Strett he walked downtown daily to pick up his New York Times. Bill skied for the last time when he was 87.
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 was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Robert McCreery Eginton.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Unitarian Universalist Society, 2355 Oakdale Rd., Coralville, Iowa. A reception will follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Crisis Center or the Unitarian Universalist Society Building Fund.
Online condolences are at www.lensingfuneral.com.
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