William R. (Bill) Trotter, noted author, died at his home, surrounded by his family, on February 28 after a valiant battle with cancer.
Born in Charlotte in 1943, Bill was a graduate of Davidson. His studies in Finland began lifelong interest in that country’s history and culture, receiving the Finlandia Aware in Arts & Letters (1995) for “A Frozen Hell” the history of the Russo-Finnish War (required reading for Finland’s marines.) His expertise in the field of military history led to presentations to the USMC on arctic warfare in 1996.
Bill’s trilogy of the Civil War in North Carolina is still considered one of the best. His abiding love of music is reflected in his more than 20 published books (fiction & non-fiction), countless essays and reviews, not to mention is extensive collection of Classical recordings fro all over the world. Bill’s program notes for the EMF always illuminated the music.
His many writings included novels and award-winning short stories in the realms of fantasy and horror. “Mr. Bill” as he was affectionately known) was a true Renaissance man.
He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Elizabeth Lustig; sons Colin Trotter, Joshua Bohen, and Michael Trotter; brother Pete Gaskell (Julie), sister Jan Ross (Art), sister-in-law Catherine Stuart (Neil), brother-in-law Michael Lustig (Sue), and a gaggle of loving nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank good Friends Michael Bohen and Erin Bush who gave tirelessly of their time in helping care for Mr. Bill. Plans for a Celebration of Life memorial will be announced.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the angels of Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro.