Bill Runyon

Bill Runyon

Bill Runyon has been a member of The Explorers Club since 2001, Board member of the Explorers Club Washington (DC) Group, and Chapter secretary for five years under three Chairs, with Bruce Blanchard, our Treasurer. Bill was co-chair of the highly successful 2013 Lowell Thomas Awards Dinner with Jay Kaplan and Kristin Larson. He has worked on ECAD dinners since 2012 in many capacities. Bill hosted the monthly ECWG dinner meetings at the Cosmos Club for three years (2010—2013.) He served on the TEC Centennial Committee (2002—2003) and the Library & Archives committee (2003—2004.) He has overseen substantial financial support of the Club since 2001.

Bill carried Flag # 60 in 2012, and filed the scientific report. He assisted on an earlier expedition, and is planning another one soon. Bill has overseen the privately funded L. Ron Hubbard Young Explorers award to help five post grad and two undergrad awardees, who have all continued their chosen education and professional careers. One of those awardees went on a Flag Expedition. One has now carried The Explorers Club Flag numerous times and one carried the Wings World Quest Flag and works at the Max Planck Institute. Bill has nominated about two dozen people to the Club—members, Fellows and Associates. In 2015, Bill oversaw a post-doctorate researcher, who he nominated as Associate Member of the Club.

A self-determined, independent researcher and historian, Bill is a member of the American Historical Association and Life Member of both the Navy War College Foundation, and the Association of Navy Medical Historians, and a St Johns College Alumni. Bill has been Chairman and historian of the L. Ron Hubbard Foundation since 2005. Mr. Hubbard was a 46-year (Life) Fellow who carried the Flag three times, and was called by Smithsonian magazine “one of the 100 most significant Americans of all time.” Bill began public relations work research for L. Ron Hubbard in 1986 and most recently has been researching the influences and applications of his works as intellectual history and field work. Prior to that, Bill was a field engineer and premed student.