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“I will miss him. ”
1 of 27 | Posted by: David Schaffer - Chicago, IL

“Delaware has lost one of it's finest citizens. A true gentleman and an exemplary lawyer. My condolences to his family.Paula Winchester Mutzel ”
2 of 27 | Posted by: A friend

“Bill Quillen was the finest individual I have met in my life. Justice Quillen was a true gentleman; a man of integrity and generosity seldom seen in...Read More »
3 of 27 | Posted by: David Burroughs - Bonita Springs, FL

“Dear Quillen Family, Bill Quillen was one of the kindest, respectful, smartest, and most humble men I have ever met. He,also, had a great sense of...Read More »
4 of 27 | Posted by: MARGARET CHEVRIER - WILMINGTON, DE

“Tracy and John, very sorry to hear about your father/father-inlaw ”
5 of 27 | Posted by: Anthony Rapuano - Wilmington, DE

“In my opinion, Bill Quillen was Delaware's finest judge. Several years ago, while on an Inn's of Court trip in London, my then 21 year old son was...Read More »
6 of 27 | Posted by: Jack Henriksen - Lewes, DE

“I was in a body cast back in 1977 and my mom took me down to visit with Marcia to get me out of the house where I was driving her crazy! I couldn't...Read More »
7 of 27 | Posted by: Trina Tjersland - Hockesin, DE

“I am sorry to hear about the passing of Bill. He and Marcia were grandparents of the highest order. I would see them after coming from a sporting...Read More »
8 of 27 | Posted by: John Buckley - Wilmington

“Dear Dr.Quillen & Family,Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of your father. May he reunited with his wife and your mother; and rest...Read More »
9 of 27 | Posted by: Greg Sheppard - Davidson, NC

“I shall miss regular letters and news from Bill. I want to express my condolences to Bill family and faithful friends from early Wilmington. ...Read More »
10 of 27 | Posted by: REMY - BATTIAU '52 Liliane

“I am so sorry for your loss. I hope Jer. 29: 11,12 brings you comfort during this difficult time. ”
11 of 27 | Posted by: A friend

“Bill and I grew up together in New Castle, although he was 5 years younger than I was which I never let him forget. Tributes to his judicial manner...Read More »
12 of 27 | Posted by: J. M. Hyde - Williamstown, MA


13 of 27 | Posted by: John Hyde - Williamstown, MA

“We can all celebrate Judge Quillen's contributions to the state of Delaware. He lived a life in which he put the needs of others first. He and Marcia...Read More »
14 of 27 | Posted by: Kevin & Danielle Sullivan - DE

“Dear Quillen family, We send our sincere condolences for your wonderful Father. We keep you all in our prayers. ...Read More »
15 of 27 | Posted by: John Romagnoli - wilmington, DE

“Dear Carol and Tracy: Your Dad was a wonderful man. We were privileged to know him. He will be greatly missed.Fondly, Barbara and Len Togman ”
16 of 27 | Posted by: Barbara & Len Togman - Wilmington, DE

“Bill was a gentleman of the highest order. His legacy in the courts and government will continue.We extend condolences to his family.Sincerely...Read More »
17 of 27 | Posted by: Charles and Barbara Keil - DE

“Delaware has lost one of our best leaders of all time in Bill ............A mentor to me as a young lawyer doing criminal defense in his Courtrooms,...Read More »
18 of 27 | Posted by: Ed Pankowski - Wilmington, DE

“Bill was a dear friend to all who knew him. As a colleague, I valued his advice on many subjects. A hole now exists in the Delaware judicial system...Read More »
19 of 27 | Posted by: A friend


20 of 27 | Posted by: Robert McCullough - New Castle, DE

“He was a man of substance and judicial stature. glad to have worked for him however briefly. jim carney. ”
21 of 27 | Posted by: jim carney - supply, NC

“What a fitting tribute to a model civil servant who held family and friends close to his heart. Judge Quillen's legacy now lives on. ”
22 of 27 | Posted by: Leslie Porter - Rockville, MD

“One day back in 1975, I asked my dad who was the smartest man he knew. Without hesitation he said, "Bill Quillen". Some things you just never forget...Read More »
23 of 27 | Posted by: A friend

“Sorry to hear. We will miss You ”
24 of 27 | Posted by: Ira Ellis Jr. - Montrose, NY

“Few men earn the right to be placed on a pedestal and perhaps even fewer men could never be removed from that pedestal. Bill was always on a...Read More »
25 of 27 | Posted by: Ted Berg


26 of 27 | Posted by: harry themal - ardentown, DE

“Carol and Tracey-I was so sorry to hear the news. We had such a fun encounter in my office the other week. Your father was in a great mood and teased...Read More »
27 of 27 | Posted by: A friend


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William Tatem "Bill" Quillen, age 81, died suddenly and peacefully on August 19. In addition to his parents, Robert James Quillen, Sr. and Gladys Tatem Quillen, he was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Marcia Everhart Stirling Quillen; his brother, Robert James Quillen, Jr.; and his nephew, Robert Irvine Quillen. Bill is survived by his daughters, Carol Everhart Quillen (George McLendon) and Tracey Tatem Quillen (John Carney); his grandchildren, Caitlin Everhart Lohrenz, Samuel Quillen Carney, and James Tatem Stirling Carney; his sister-in-law, Barbara Flinn Quillen; his niece, Anne Quillen Donecker and her family; and his Tatem and Quillen cousins.

Bill grew up in New Castle, where his father and uncle, and then his brother, ran Quillen Brothers Ford from 1926 through 1982. For Bill, New Castle was essential to his identity, and his father and brother remained his heroes and role models of "usefulness" throughout his life. He was a lifelong member of and adulthood leader in the New Castle Presbyterian Church. Bill graduated from Wilmington Friends School in 1952, and considered his Quaker education and the friends it brought him another foundation of his identity. He was legendary for keeping his classmates in touch with him and with each other, and greatly enjoyed their recent tradition of annual reunions in Florida. He graduated from his equally beloved Williams College in 1956, received his LL.B. from Harvard Law School, and an LL.M. from The University of Virginia School of Law. He was grateful to Marcia's parents for sharing "The Pink House" in Ocean City, NJ, so generously with him, and he enjoyed his time there continuing through this summer.

Bill was a devoted fan and, with his family, longtime season ticket holder of University of Delaware football. He yelled at the radio and television through countless Phillies and Eagles games. He was a fan of the original Blue Rocks and enjoyed enlightening all who might not know about the greatness of Robin Roberts. Bill was always among the most loyal—and loudest—Friends School sports fans; as he said, "I fell in love with the School in seventh grade when someone handed me a football uniform." He also played basketball and baseball, and received the School's "Spirit Cup," not for the best athlete but for best representing the spirit of Friends athletics. He cheered for the Quakers, including his daughters and grandsons, every season of his life, and made great friends among his bleacher buddies. He was especially proud to have had a chance to nominate Coach Bob "T" Tattersall, with whom he rehashed every football game, for the Delaware Sports Hall of Fame. He also traveled to Texas to see his granddaughter compete in cross country and track, and was proud to attend her 2015 graduation from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In recent years, since his daughter, Carol, became President of Davidson College, he added the Wildcats and then, via Steph Curry, the Warriors, to his athletic devotions, and was grateful for the welcome to the Davidson family he and Marcia received from Coach Bob McKillop and his players.

A Roosevelt-Kennedy Democrat, Bill had a passion for politics and history, and considered staying informed to be both an obligation and a joy of citizenship. He devoured news, often reading aloud to whoever was in earshot from the paper and non-fiction books. He was a genuinely public-minded and -spirited person; it was instinctive to him to weigh the common good first. He had one political campaign of his own, running for Governor in 1984, and was involved in many more, including the careers of Vice President Joe Biden and of his son-in-law, Congressman John Carney.

Bill was more than once accused of not being able to hold a job, with the recognition that he always had a good one. He started as an officer in the JAG corps of the United States Air Force and then served as a law clerk to Judge Charles Terry, before working briefly but gratefully as an Associate at Richards, Layton & Finger. He became counsel to then-Governor Terry, who appointed Bill, at just 31 years old, to the Delaware State Superior Court. Bill thereafter was known to most Delawareans as "Judge." He served on each of the State's major courts, including as Chancellor and as a Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court. He had what he modestly described as an 11-year "frolic" in the private and political sectors—working in the Trust Department at Wilmington Trust; serving proudly, and again most gratefully, as a Partner at Potter, Anderson & Corroon; running for Governor; serving as General Counsel of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, then the world's largest charity; and teaching Ethics and Constitutional Law, and one course for daring undergraduates, at Widener University. He returned to full-time public service when he was appointed as Delaware's Secretary of State by then-Governor Tom Carper, who completed the professional circle by appointing Bill once again as a Judge on Delaware's Superior Court. After what many thought was his retirement, Bill found new valued colleagues, formal and informal, at Drinker Biddle & Reath and at the firm then known as Seitz, Ross, Aronstam & Moritz. At the time of his death, Bill was working on a biography of Collins J. Seitz; with his friend and Judge Seitz's son, Supreme Court Justice, New Castle resident, and leader in the New Castle Presbyterian Church, C.J. Seitz.

Along the way, there were numerous influential opinions, incorporations, overseas trips on behalf of the State; visits to leading academic medical centers across the country to help chart the future of medical research, service to the World Affairs Council and the legal community; the planning and building of a $75 million headquarters for Hughes, the planning of the Delaware Archives; a book about the Delaware Court of Chancery and many articles; the preservation and celebration of the history of New Castle; awards, recognitions, and terms of charitable and corporate board service. Of special value to Bill were the Order of the First State, the Delaware Heritage Award,

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