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Condolence From: McGuire Gibson
Condolence: My condolences to his wife and family. I first met Bill in Baghdad, when he reopened diplomatic relations with Iraq in the 1980s. He and I shared an interest in archaeology (my field) and, more important, in carpets. The Iraqi government allowed him to go up to the Kurdish area fairly often, where he would add to his collection. My somewhat dusty field team went up to Baghdad at his invitation to attend a party for a group of visiting Americans. When I arrived, he broke away from his guests and came over to show me his newest rug purchase, getting down on his knees to show the density of the knotting. Later, we saw one another in Washington and in Damascus, and at international carpet meetings. He contributed rugs, an essay and a talk for the first serious exhibition on Kurdish weaving, held at Northwestern University. A year or two later,he published his definitive book on Kurdish weavings. He was a great diplomat and scholar, and a genuine and thoroughly likable human being.
Tuesday February 15, 2011
Condolence From: Harry B Evans
Condolence: I met Mr. Eagleton in 1979 when I was part of a group visiting Libya from the American Academy in Rome, and he was serving as charge d'affaires in Tripoli. He very graciously hosted a reception for us all, and then put one other professor and myself up in his residence for our last night in the country after the rest of the group had left for Tunisia, hospitality that was above and beyond the call of duty; when we thanked him then, he replied, "You might as well get something for your tax money." Then he gave us crucial advice for retrieving books from the Academy library that had been confiscated by Libyan customs when we entered the country, and negotiating the Tripoli airport, and even had his driver take us to the airport when we left. I have great memories of that trip, but especially of his kind assistance. His family has my greatest sympathy.
Sunday February 13, 2011
Condolence From: omar jaff
Condolence: A dear friend to my father Mustafa jaff, and to the Kurdish people; my deepest condolences goes out to Mr Eagletons family. May god bless him
Wednesday February 09, 2011
Condolence From: L. Carl Brown
Condolence: Kay and family,

Anne & I are pleased and proud to have known Bill and to have shared lives together, especially during those Princeton days but elsewhere as well. A great life well lived.
Carl
Monday February 07, 2011
Condolence From: Valeria Sentowski
Condolence: Dear Kay & Family--a friend in DC alerted me to Bill's passing. I am so sorry -- he was a great guy. I really enjoyed working with him in Algiers and knowing you and the family. My prayers are with you all at this sad time. Sincerely, Valeria Sentowski, Wisconsin
Saturday February 05, 2011
Condolence From: Roisin De Burca
Condolence: May the road rise up to meet you, May the wind be always at your back, May the sun shine warm upon your face, The rains fall soft upon your fields;and until you all meet again, May God hold you in the palm of his hand.
Friday February 04, 2011
Condolence From: Vanessa Andrews
Condolence: So sorry to hear sad news - love to ML and her family

Vanessa (Nessie) Seb's godmother
Friday February 04, 2011
Condolence From: Annie
Condolence: I feel privileged to have met Bill and I am very thankfull for his help in raising Alex...I am sure he will be missed by everyone who knew him.
I wish I could have come to see him before he left us..
My condolences and love to all who love and miss him..
Friday February 04, 2011
Condolence From: Tim Reid
Condolence: Hello,

I am a friend of Mary Louise from her Congo days.

I never met the Ambassador but he seems to have had an incredible life, and if his daughter is anything to go by, he seems to have been a wonderful father as well.

My deepest condolences to the whole family in this time of loss.

Tim Reid
Thursday February 03, 2011
Condolence From: pilarviviente
Condolence: The great Bill Eagleton, friendly and clever, an exception as a human being, an example of discretion and respect to others, a gentleman and a scholar
My condolences to the family.
Thursday February 03, 2011

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