GIHS – The Dr. Is In!

The Dr. Is In!

Photo: Bill with brother Ted in 1956

Please join the Guemes Island Historical Society as it welcomes Dr. William Burlingame back to the island of his youth. Dr. Burlingame has graciously agreed to be our speaker for our June 11th meeting at the Guemes Island Church which begins at 7 pm.


Bill Burlingame grew up on Guemes—arriving with his family at age 8 in 1946 and departing when he graduated from AHS to attend UW. He earned a Ph.D. in psychology and then taught clinical psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for 35 years. Since retirement, he now treats children, adolescents, and families in his private practice in Chapel Hill.

Bill witnessed and experienced some of the most momentous events of the 20th century on Guemes—electrification, telephone service (the second coming), and school district consolidation. He knew well some of the more colorful of islanders (One Bubble and Horsey Hamill) and knew the mainstays of island culture from that era (Bill Veal, Cliff Weigle, Colonel Vonnegut). Please know that Bill has an encyclopedic memory, but that his Guemes memories are also those of a child and teenager. Presently he continues to work on his memoir of the island years which will include all of the above and much more.


The presentation will be followed by the GIHS regularly scheduled business meeting. All are welcome to attend. For more information please contact Tom Deach via phone at 360-708-2582 or email