William Hamilton Price, Former Dep't of State Informatics Director, dies at 83.\r\n\r\nBill Price passed away on April 25, 2015 at Capital Caring in Arlington VA from renal failure. He was born in Elkin, North Carolina on October 18, 1931 and raised by his mother's sister, Frances, and her husband, Fred Neaves, after both his parents died unexpectedly when he was very young. He graduated from Darlington School in Rome, Georgia, and Catawba University in Salisbury, North Carolina with a bachelor's degree in commercial advertising. \r\n\r\nBill had an illustrious career in computer technology and informatics. He retired from the U.S. Department of State in 1995 as Director of the Foreign Affairs Information Management Center, and served as the first Chairman of the Association for Federal Information Resources Management. He previously worked twenty years with Computer Sciences Corporation and ten years at the National Security Agency. He designed systems to support U.S. government agencies and managed development of the first automated system to produce the President's Annual Budget Message to Congress. For the Georgia University System he developed budget software to be used by 28 colleges and universities. In Saigon, Vietnam he developed and operated the Land Reform System which produced deeds and titles for ownership of rice land which had previously been leased from landlords. For the Department of Labor he managed the development of a system to pay benefits to miners suffering from Black Lung. \r\n\r\nDuring his career at the National Security Agency he trained as a systems analyst and developed applications on early IBM computer systems. At Documentation Incorporated he assisted in the development and operation of the NASA Scientific and Technical Information Facility and the monthly Scientific and Technical Aerospace Reports. He assisted in training and operation of an automated publishing system to support the establishment of Congressional Information Services and a monthly information journal of Congressional hearings and publications. \r\n\r\nAn impassioned authority on the American Civil War, he authored the Civil War Handbook and organized the Centennial Observance for the Cavalry Battle at Brandy Station near Culpeper, Virginia. During the Civil War Centennial, he was a frequent speaker to civic groups. He was appointed to the District of Columbia Civil War Centennial Commission and organized the Centennial Commission for the Town of Vienna. Later, his interest turned to the World War II's Battle of Midway. He created and hosted an online Battle of Midway Roundtable with over 300 members, 28 of whom were veterans of the battle.\r\n\r\nIn addition to being passionate about his career, Bill became a fearless adventurer who traveled far and wide, particularly in Southeast Asia. He spent several years in Viet Nam, developing a lifelong love for the people, and the region's culture, architecture, and cuisine. His interest in American history, sculpture, and photography also led him to numerous sites in the United States where important events occurred and are commemorated. He was a staunch advocate for preserving these sites and their stories.\r\n\r\nBill was insatiably curious, eccentric, jovial, and generous. His home holds an extensive collection of treasures acquired during his travels, his woodworking, photography and countless books on history, art and culture. He was a stylish entertainer, greeting friends at his door in a tailored shirt from Thailand, cognac in hand, and Pink Floyd on his custom stereo system. His keen memory and wonderful sense of humor made him a consummate story-teller. He had quite a repertoire and loved to tell anecdotes about the creative escapades of his past. \r\n\r\nMr. Price is survived by his wife, Phuong, from Saigon, his daughter, Kim, two sons, Stuart and William, from a previous marriage, his adopted stepson, Thuan, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, all in Northern Virginia. His cousin, Louis Neaves, with whom he was raised as a brother by the Neaves family, also survives Bill and lives with his wife Edna in Asheville, North Carolina.