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Will grew up in Spokane where he graduated from high school. He went on to serve in the Air Force Reserve from 1948 until 1952. During that time he received training as a photographer. He continued his education in the field of art and photography at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. His first job as a photographer was at St. Josephs Hospital in Burbank, California. He went on to work as a medical photographer at Stanford University and Veterans Administration Hospital in Palo Alto until he accepted the position as manager of Illustration Services at the University of California Davis Medial School from which he retired in 1992.
Will was very active in the Biological Photographic Association (BPA) both at the local and national level. He was one of the first Registered Biological Photographer (RBP) certified by examination. He served as Vice President and President of the association. He also served as Chairman of the Board of Registry and Director of Conferences.
His life long interests included, gardening, travel, photography and great red wines.
He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Kerstin, daughter Laura and her husband Pete, son Robert, son James and his wife Corri, daughter Carol and her husband Gary, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
A graveside service for the family was held January 18, 2009. A memorial service will begin at 11:00am on February 7, 2009 at Tomats Restaurant, 1123 Grant Ave, Winters.
Our condolences to Kate and family. Will was friend, mentor and colleague for many years. Our association with Will brought us to Davis 40 years ago. Rich & Julie
Richard Kulmann Dec 31 2009 12:00 AM
We were certainly sorry to read about Will. Unfortunately, we are not able to attend the memorial service as Warren has bronchitis and possibly pneumonia. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Warren & Louise Micke Feb 7 2009 12:00 AM
Dear Kerstein and Family, I was so very sorry to hear of Will's passing. Time passes so quickly. I saw Will a year ago, and he looked remarkably well. I recall his warm smile and that he continued to be the warm, caring, positive man I knew so well. Will indeed left an impressive legacy with the founding of Medical Illustration Services at UCD. Will shared his many talents and love of science and photography, recruiting and mentoring staff and faculty and building one of the finest Medical Illustration depts. in the country. I shall always remember and appreciate how Will always ensured the highest level of professionalism and service and the highest caliber of all works produced by Med Ill. Will was a true leader and inspired all who were honored to come in contact with him. Will was sorely missed upon his departure from UCD, and he shall sorely be missed as a friend and colleague. Will brought so much to our world, and I am blessed to have known him! God bless you! Warm regards, Karen (Eilers)
Karen Eilers Feb 7 2009 12:00 AM
Will was a major force in raising the professional standing of biological photographers. His contributions of energy and wisdom to the BPA were enormous. I lift a glass of Pino Noire to you, Will.
Martin Scott Feb 5 2009 12:00 AM
We will miss running into Will. He was a really great person.
RALPH AND PAT ERNST Feb 4 2009 12:00 AM
Dear Kate and the Renner Family, Will's devotion to the BPA was a model for all of us. His combined enthusiasms for photography and for California wines enriched many a regional or annual meeting. The Asilomar management workshops he created gave us a heightened sense of awareness and resonsibility in our careers. Rest in peace, Red Baron.
Carol Asimow Gray Feb 2 2009 12:00 AM
I will always be grateful to Will who assisted me acquiring my Certification. He will always be remembered as one of the greats in the BPA. I know he will be missed. My condolence to his family Andy
Andy Gero, RBP,FBPA, Emertis Feb 2 2009 12:00 AM
Will was a very good man and a very great friend who helped me a lot and taught me a lot. I will miss him greatly.
Ken Michaels Feb 2 2009 12:00 AM
Dear Renner Family, Sorry to lose our good friend Will. He was a "straight shooter," always sincere and dependable. He invested a lot of work in BPA, much to the benefit of all the members. He set great example by his many contributions, and he was highly respected all over the world. He will be missed, but not forgotten. NMG
Nick & Marilyn Graver Feb 2 2009 12:00 AM
We were very sorry to hear of Willaas passing. Our deepest condolences to Kate and family. Will was very much a professional mentor over our 35-year relationship, not only in photography, but in developing a palate for fine wines as well. He will be missed. Gabriel Unda Julia Serat
Gabriel Unda Feb 1 2009 12:00 AM