Bill Schoux

Bill Schoux, beloved husband and father, died peacefully on Friday, March 28, 2014 in Washington D.C. of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. Born in 1940 in Burlingame, California, Bill graduated from Occidental College and embarked on an adventurous life. Bill was a USAID Foreign Service Officer, beginning his career in 1966 in Vietnam working in the provinces and Saigon, and later serving in Latin America and South Asia. After retiring from USAID in 1993, he and his wife founded a consulting firm to work on democratic governance and civil-military cooperation. Driven by his deep-seated belief in the dignity of every person, and their right to freedom and self-determination, he spent his second career working to weaken corruption and strengthen democratic practices, working on projects in Cambodia, Nepal, East Timor, Bosnia, Kosovo, and South Africa, among other places. Bill was diagnosed with dementia in 2009. With the grace and dignity characteristic of him, he responded by becoming an advocate for those with the disease. Working with the Sibley Senior Association, in September 2011, he established Club Memory. Now celebrating two and a half years, the Club offers a social model for people to meet in a safe and welcoming space. He is survived by his loving wife of 21 years, Elise Paylan Schoux, his brother Gilbert and family; his former wife Christina Hussey Schoux; his daughter Christina Schoux Casey, her husband Patrick Casey and granddaughters Genevieve and Clea. Bill was never happier than when sitting down to a good meal and glass of wine with loved ones; we will honor his joie de vivre with a party in celebration of Bill’s life on Saturday, May 17. Please write to for details. Memorial contributions may be made to the Friends Club at Bradley Presbyterian Church, Bethesda, Maryland, or Club Memory, in care of the Sibley Senior Association at Sibley Hospital, Washington, DC.

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