Most of the people who got a chance to know Bill know that while he liked to bird by himself, he was very friendly to other birders and outgoing.  Whenever I bumped into him out in the field he was always willing to chat it up a bit and freely exchanged information about the birds and sightings.  He (as already has been mentioned) was very thorough in his identification of birds, and not quick to make any pronouncements about odd looking individual birds or hybrids.  He enjoyed photographing birds not just for their beauty, but to illustrate certain identification characteristics.  His photographic puzzle birds that he used to post will be missed by many Mobirders.  Bill was sort of a walking compendium of birding information that included knowledge of the species, their habits and field marks, where to find 'em, and lots of knowledge about local birding areas.

I am still in shock from hearing about this great loss to Bill's family, friends and our birding community.

Marc Lund 
Marc D. LundAttorney at Law
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 From: Jack Cowan <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, July 1, 2013 12:01 PM
Subject: bill rudden

Bill Rudden was one of the 
nicest guys I've ever met. He was always willing to show me something, to teach 
me something. 
I remember watching him with his eye pinned to a spotting 
scope, carefully looking over a flock of sparrows in one of the meadows at Tower 
Grove Park. He was so painstaking. I remember thinking, "You'll never be as good 
a birder as Bill Rudden. You don't have the patience."
And Bill was a very good birder. 
mmWell, Bill, I hope the birding is good wherever you 
Jack Cowan
South St. Louis
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