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William Gamble Celebrates His 100th Birthday


William Gamble was 100 years old on February 10 and celebrated over the previous weekend with family and friends, many of whom came to Minnesota from around the country to mark the occasion with him, including his three children and their families. Special greetings were sent from friends around the world who had known and worked with him.
Bill spent 20 years with the Ford Foundation, serving from 1955 to 1975 in the Asia and Pacific, Africa and Middle East and Latin America and Caribbean programs.
After he left Ford he became the director general of the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), with headquarters in Nigeria, and then worked for the 
International Service for National Agricultural Research (ISNAR), in The Hague, the Netherlands. 
Pictured with him at the table are, from the left, Renate Winch, who had worked with him at Ford and IITA and flew from North Carolina for the occasion; Tom Gamble, one of his two sons; Kathy Gamble, his daughter; Jane Burnham, a niece; and Tim Gamble, his other son.
The writing on the picture of Bill and his wife captures their life together: “Oh, darling, let’s be adventurers.” 




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