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Created by John Eipper on 04/17/14 12:20 PM

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Remembering Bill Ratliff (Mike Bonnie, USA, 04/17/14 12:20 pm)

I'm also shocked by Bill Ratliff's passing. He and I weren't close; however, he left an indelible impression on me at the 2006 WAIS conference. I recall him as a tall, gentle man, who took keen interest in my humble travels to China. I enjoyed seeing him again in 2009, where my memories were pleasantly refreshed. Through Bill's posts on WAIS I learned to see him as insatiably curious, widely knowledgeable and succinct in making his points.

My condolences to Bill's family and close friends.

JE comments: The academic talk was Bill's forte. I recall his WAIS 2009 presentation, "China in Latin America's Future," which with extreme clarity laid out China's development initiatives throughout the continent.  Masterfully combining Bill's two areas of expertise, it was one of the highlights of the conference. Bill never overwhelmed with theoretical obfuscation or academic jargon. His talks were succinct, as Mike Bonnie points out, but always deeply informative and insightful.


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