Sadly, William F. Hollabaugh died Thursday, March 29th after a fall that resulted in a coma. Bill was an amazing co-founder of Ministry of Light, later renamed Spectrum Center for LGBT Concerns, and now The Spahr Center.
Bill received his PhD in Electrical engineering from Lehigh University and was known for his amazing work for many non-profits, creating data systems as well as outstanding newsletters and annual reports. A long-time computer programmer for Levi Strauss, in 1982 Bill told his employer, “I wish to work from 5:00 to 8:00 a.m. on the non-profit I love, and at 8:00 a.m., I begin working for Levi Strauss”. Fortunately, his boss was very supportive of Spectrum, and Bill, using his tremendous computer skills, developed our database. And to his credit, today that database still contains over 10,000 names of people who have supported LGBTQ work in Marin over the years.
Bill really put Spectrum on the map! His love for our organization was beyond remarkable, and we knew the gifts he shared were outstanding right from our inception! To recognize his thousands of hours of service, Spectrum instituted a Volunteer Award in his name, given annually to a person whose qualities of service and commitment reflected the values Bill lived by.
When he retired from Levi Strauss, Bill and his partner, Ben, moved to Guerneville. They opened a bed and breakfast, Sunset Manor, which guests have enjoyed through the years. Last year, Ben and Bill were married in front of the Castro Theater in San Francisco on Bill’s 80 th birthday, celebrating their 40 th year together. Bill is survived by Ben, and by Bill’s sister Jean, her husband, Ted and their two children.
Bill will be sorely missed not only as an exceptional volunteer but as a dear, dear friend. His loyalty, dedication, and commitment to providing Spectrum with such excellence from its very beginning is a gift we will always cherish. For those of us wanting to give a donation to the Spahr Center in his memory, a gift can be made to enhance the data base he created. Donations can be made online here or by sending a gift in his name to The Spahr Center, 910 Irwin Street, San Rafael, CA 94901.