Bob Willard

July 14, 2016

Bob Willard has collected books and other material about Abraham Lincoln for six decades. He is a long-time director and past vice president of the Abraham Lincoln Association, a director and past president of the Abraham Lincoln Institute, and advisor to the Lincoln Forum, and past treasurer of the Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia. He was and advisor to the Lincoln Legal Papers project and the Lincoln Digitization project at Northern Illinois University. In 2005, Willard traveled the Lincoln trail from the birthplace in Hodgenville, Kentucky, through southwestern Indiana, ending at Lincoln’s tomb in Springfield, Illinois; in four weeks he covered 1,000 miles, including 200 miles on foot. He has served in the federal government as a senior executive and was also responsible for marketing and government relations in several legal publishing companies. Before 1985, Willard was an association executive in Washington, DC. Earlier, he was a congressional staffer and an educational fundraiser. Willard was an engineer officer in the U.S. Army with duty in Korea, Vietnam, and the Pentagon from 1966-1970. Willard received a master’s degree in Operations Research and System Analysis from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. He is retired and lives with his wife, Carolyn, in Southern California.

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