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At the 2016 AAFS General Section Business Meeting in Las Vegas, NV, William (Bill) B. Andrews received the Robert “Bob” Thibault Award. Named after one of the pioneers of the General Section, this prestigious award is presented to an individual in the General Section who works behind the scenes for the good of the section. This person must show great devotion to the section, to the AAFS, and to the forensic science community. In addition, he or she is selfless, committed, dedicated, service oriented, and a leader. This award winner is selected by the Board of Directors representative, Chair, and Secretary and is kept secret until it is announced at the General Section Business Meeting.
Bill was presented this award by Section Chair Claire Shepard due to his extensive behind-the-scenes work for the General Section. In the past several years, Bill has been instrumental in revising the Policy and Procedure Manual, training new PPM committee members, and has undertaken the daunting task of researching and documenting the section’s history from 1992 to the present. Many of these tasks Bill assumed on his own, without being tasked or asked, and did so for the good of the section and the AAFS. Bill began attending the AAFS meetings in 1996. He was promoted to Member in 2003 and Fellow in 2007. In addition to his behind-the-scenes work, he has presented at the AAFS scientific sessions, served as the section Program Chair in 2011, and currently serves on the Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) Board of Trustees.