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William "Bill" Quinn

March 31, 1953 ~ November 20, 2020 (age 67)


William “Bill” Quinn, an analyst at the National Security Agency, passed away of natural causes on November 20th. He was 67.

Bill was born in Ft. Ord, CA, but grew up in Laurel, Maryland. He graduated from Laurel High School and earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Maryland. He completed his PhD in economics from Princeton on a full fellowship from the National Science Foundation.

He spent six years as an assistant professor of economics at Michigan State University before beginning his career at NSA in 1988. He loved working with his friends and colleagues of over 30 years. He was known for his love of international cuisine and his love of chocolates, which he frequently brought to the office. He was everyone’s go-to guy for restaurant recommendations. Always helpful and courteous, he was beloved by all.

Outside of work, Bill’s favorite activities were visiting restaurants and spending time with his nephews and close friends. He was a devoted uncle, spending countless hours with his nephews and never missed significant events.

Bill’s love of learning only ceased with his sudden passing.  He kept up with advances in mathematics and economics. He was fluent in German and Spanish, and was learning French. He very much enjoyed learning about an impressive range of subject areas, from ancient history to science to music. He had a vast collection of classical music recordings and enjoyed attending concerts.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Nancy (Irwin) and William Quinn. He is survived by his sister Lydia Quinn Zieglar (Ed) and his nephews Gregory and Michael Zieglar.

In light of the pandemic, no funeral is planned.  His ashes will be interned at the Ivy Hill Cemetery in Laurel, Maryland. A celebration of his precious life will be held at a later date. Bill was very generous with a wide variety of charities. In lieu of flowers, his family requests that his family, friends and colleagues consider donations to charities that mean the most to them.




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