WILLIAM THOMAS ATKERSON
NOVEMBER 14, 1951 ~ JUNE 18, 2016
William Thomas Atkerson of Sugar Land Texas, born on November 14, 1951 in San Antonio, Texas, died peacefully at home with his beloved cats on June 18, 2016.
He was preceded in death by his Mother, Beulah Mae Atkerson and Father, John William Atkerson and is survived by a sister Peggy Ann Atkerson.
A memorial service will be held at 4:30 PM on Saturday, August 13, 2016 at Unitarian Fellowship of Houston, 1504 Wirt Rd., Houston, 77055.
Bill earned a Bachelor of Arts, Cum laude, in Mathematics, a Masters of Music in Theory and Composition then a Doctorate of Jurisprudence.
Bill began his musical career at the age of three, studying piano and violin.
He played in many regional orchestras including: Alexandria, Austin, Baytown, Beaumont, Fort Bend, Houston Civic Symphony, Lake Charles, and San Antonio. In addition to playing he conducted the University of Texas String Project, High School Orchestras in Lake Jackson and Beaumont; Austin Area Community Philharmonic; Austin Civic Symphony; Houston Sinfonietta; the New Music Ensemble at UT Austin and was the first conductor of the Brazosport Symphony Orchestra.
Bill was a founding member of the Boolean String Quartet which has performed professionally in the Greater Houston area for 35 years. Founder, conductor, and composer for the Emerson Intergenerational Orchestra of Houston, as well as conductor and arranger for the Houston Flute Choir, he also coordinated performances of Guitar Houston.
In addition to his music, Bill had an active law practice for 26 years.
Bill was one of a kind: smart, witty and always eager to explore new things, and above all else, an accomplished musician who loved all elements of music.
To his students Bill was a wonderful mentor/ teacher, to his colleagues an inspiration.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to the Texas String Project, the Houston Humane Society.