Please forgive this hastily assembled web tribute to our dear friend, Dr. Bill. Today I find it hard to be creative, or to even function.... I'll just cut/paste the email I sent the club & friends earlier today:
Dear BCMC Members, Friends, Event Participants and Others,
It is with more sadness than I could have imagined, that I inform you that our long time Club Social Director, Board Member, and dear friend William "Dr. Bill" Teaford has passed away.
This happened overnight, between 11pm and 9am, in his bed at his home in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA.
During routine tests last month, a follow up surgery was scheduled and revealed many areas of malignant cancer. Treatment was planned that would give him another 6 months-to-4 years. Yesterday, he insisted on going home, and died in his sleep.
The ever diligent Board Member, 2 days ago Dr Bill called me from his hospital bed to relay the names of the Convertible Mustangs he had rounded up for the Mira Costa High School homecoming next Friday. While he handled this annual task very well, he insisted that I take the owners names down. It was odd to me at the time his need to give me the list. I've been told that he called many of his friends over the last few days, "just to say hi".
I am really going to miss Dr. Bill. Many of you were invited to his Musicals. Having taught some of the best pianists in the world, his "pupils" (some now world renowned) would come to his home and play for their dinner on his grand piano in front of the crowd that gathered there every month. For several years, every January he would hold the BCMC "Inaugural Board Meeting" at his home, and play an awesome program for us, usually accompanied by friend Shirley Obert (BCMC Treasurer Phil Obert's mom) on the organ.
For those of you who were able to hear him play, you were truly lucky. Any BCMC event that had a piano nearby, we'd get him to play. Christmas parties, BCMC'er Clair Sanford's funeral... He even played twice at mine and Pam's wedding last October, as well as the wedding of BCMCers Rudy & Deborah Zibes. Some of you might have just known him as the guy that sat in front of the BCMC meetings, greeting every person, having them sign in as they arrived.
Although there is no proof to substantiate the claim, I know that Dr. Bill would have wanted me to let you know that he was about to turn 39 this December 1. Though I can document the fact that he has turned 39 at least 8 times in the years that I have know him.
Dr. Bill would call and "nag" (his word) me about getting club meeting reminders out. I am going to miss those calls. I am going to miss him.
William Teaford, D.M.A., BCMC member #286, has been a BCMCer since 2000 and a board member since 2001. Affectionately known as Dr. Bill, he is the Club Social Chairman and official greeter at monthly meetings. Dr. Bill has a 2000 Mustang convertible. He is a Los Angeles native and graduate of the University of Southern California (USC) where he earned his bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degrees, as well as two teaching credentials. At USC he studied with concert pianist Lillian Steuber for 15 years. Notably, Dr. Bill served as musical director for the internationally acclaimed exhibition dance team Veloz and Yolanda with concert tours and five television series. He was also pianist for Betty Hutton, Maria Martino, Dennis Morgan, Rita Moreno, and Elizabeth Talbot-Martin. Dr. Bill was chairman of the piano department and taught for nearly 35 years at Hamilton High School and the Hamilton Academy of Music. During a 17-year span, he was the musical director for 34 Broadway shows. Additionally, he also taught music for many years at Pierce College and Trade Technical College. For the past three decades, Dr. Bill has graciously hosted monthly musicals at his home in Palos Verdes featuring renowned musicians Gaylord Carter, Alan Gampel, Maria Martino, and Robert Thies. Recently, Dr. Bill performed the solo parts to the five Beethoven Piano Concerti with orchestral parts performed by other pianists. Dr. Bill continues to teach in his private studio and play professionally. He recently lost his Cocker Spaniel named Wolfgang "Woofy" Amadeus Teaford. When asked for this bio, what Dr. Bill enjoys most about BCMC is meeting interesting people and making new friends.
ABOUT DR. BILL....
Dr. Bill's Mustang & Music Friends:
Please Take a moment to
sign Dr. Bill's Guestbook
PLEASE SIGN GUESTBOOK BELOW
Dr. Bill plays at BCMCer's Rudy & Deborah Zibes' Wedding
Dr. Bill drives a couple in the Mira Costa Homecoming
Dr. Bill plays at BCMC's 2000 Founder's Awards, Mira Costa Auditorium, January 2001
Dr. Bill plays at BCMCer's Jon & Pam Schultz's Wedding, Oct. 2007
At a BCMC Board Meeting in his favorite BCMC Varsity Jacket
With Deborah Zibes on the big day, June 2004
BCMC warmly welcomes all friends of Dr. Bill, as you make your way to this page from around the world. Whether you are a Mustang or Music friend, or maybe a former student at Hamillton High, USC or Pierce, you are right where you need to be. Thank you for spending time with us.
Please share this page with anyone you know who also knew our friend.
I just learned of Dr. Teaford's passing from a fellow Hamilton High student, and I posted a message on the BCMC board.
I'm attaching a scan of Doc's picture from my 1974 yearbook. He was always at the piano....
In Lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the BCMC Toy Drive Fund. Seeing that kids got much needed toys from our annual Toy Drive was very important to to Dr. Bill, who without fail, quietly donated funds to pay for all the batteries we needed every year... Donations may be sent to:
BCMCer Ronny Corona put together a short video with everything he could find with Dr. Bill.
Thank you, Ronny for a touching tribute,
If you have trouble viewing, or want to see it full screen, double click the screen and you'll be taken to YouTube.
Dr. Bill played at our Mustang themed wedding (Jon & Pam Schultz). Though I can't edit it down, if you go past the Wedding Crasher gag to 1:54 minutes, you will hear Dr. Bill bring my wife in to Claire de Lune, followed by his own special arragement of Styx' Lady(Dennis DeYoung). What an honor it was to have him play for us.
While he played on a proper piano after the wedding, all we could get was a high-end keyboard (owned by Shirley Obert's grandson Kermit) for the park. I know that Dr. Bill and "Keyboards" were not friends. He made a gracious concession and played the keyboard for us when we could not bring piano and park together.
At his funeral, we heard from several other couples that had the priviledge of having Dr. Bill play at their weddings. Some of the marriages have lasted over 40 years. It may be good luck for those of us who had Dr. Bill present on our special day.
We miss you so much already, Dr. Bill....
See other videos of Dr. Bill at the bottom of this tribute page.
New photos have been added on
Nov. 8, 2008
Seemingly because he was a long time school teacher, Dr. Bill loved his job as "Convertible Getter" for the annual Mira Costa High School Homecoming game, where our club would deliver the Homecoming Court in front of 1000s at halftime.
We showed up to find that the school had found this website and made their own tribute to Dr. Bill, dedicating the Homecoming event to Dr. Bill and placing his photo on the 20 foot screen erected for the halftime festivities. Wow, that was something.
With Dr. Bill's photo on the screen, here is what was read to the crowd:
"Ladies and gentlemen, we are proud to announce that this year's Homecoming ceremony is dedicated to our "Mr. Mustang", William "Dr. Bill" Teaford. As the Beach Cities Mustang Club Social Director, Dr. Bill has provided and chauffered the Mustang Convertibles that have carried our Homecoming Court for many years. Before he passed away on Halloween night, he called the club's president to assure him that he had rounded up all of the Mustangs for tonight's event.
We will miss you, Dr. Bill"
On behalf of BCMC, and Dr. Bill's friends everywhere, I would personally like to thank Mira Costa and Lisa Claypool for the tribute to our friend. -Jon Schultz
Bye bye, Dr. Bill.... Though I hardly knew you, you always asked about me. I will miss you.
Jon explains the legacy of the vehicle the King & Queen were riding in....