Obituary: William Arthur Doyle

William Arthur Doyle passed away on June 21, 2017 with family at his side. He was born on April 6, 1938 in Chicago to the late Anne (Masarik) and Charles E. Doyle.  As a youth, Bill spent his summers as a golf caddie at a local country club.  After graduating from Lane Tech High School in Chicago he received a Chick Evans golf Scholarship. It was a gift which enabled him to attend college.

In 1961, he graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Architecture with Honors from the University of Illinois. He went on to receive the degree of Master of Architecture from the University of California, Berkley in 1962. He taught at the University of Illinois and received the Plym Foundation Traveling Fellowship.  The purpose of the Fellowship was to promote excellence through 6 months of travel and study in Europe. Coming home he spent a year teaching at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.  He then chose to practice architecture. In 1974, Bill joined the Green Bay architectural firm of Berners-Schober Associates.   As an architect for over 31 years he was involved in the design of hospitals, schools, university buildings and many more community projects. For 14 years he served as president of BSA, retiring in 2005.

Retirement brought opportunity to focus on many lifetime interests, including golf, fly fishing with friends and travel. Bill became a member of the YMCA when he first arrived in Green Bay. The Y community was an important part of his life. Many friendships were developed during lunch hour runs with friends at the downtown YMCA and Bellin Run. Bill enjoyed reading books about history to nurture his intellectual curiosity and reflective nature. He was quick to share a good book with friends.

Bill found beauty and splendor in the world. His love of drawing and nature began as a young child. Art Professor, Louise Woodruff, encouraged Bill to continue with transparent watercolor. The art medium became a love affair and he never stopped painting or developing his skills as a dedicated student of art.  Bill’s paintings have been represented in galleries in Montana and Wisconsin. He entered many juried competitions, including becoming a Signatory Member of the National Watercolor Society.  The last few years he spent many enjoyable hours painting with other plein air painters in Door Co.

Bill is survived and will be dearly missed by his wife of 57 years, Patricia; daughter, Dawn Doyle (partner Geralyn A. Claytor ), Merritt Island, FL; daughter, Christine, Green Bay and son, Bryan (wife, Rebecca and grandson Sean), Chicago, IL.  As a husband, father and friend Bill always extended humor, wisdom and kindness.  His gentle, loving nature is his greatest gift of all.  He will be deeply missed.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Online condolences welcome at

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