William Tyler Jarvis passed away on Wednesday, March 1, 2016, at the age of 80 years, near his home in Loma Linda, California.
Bill was born in Maryland and spent much of his childhood in the Washington, DC area, West Virginia and Minnesota. He graduated from University of Minnesota Duluth, Kent State University, and earned his PhD from University of Oregon on a full fellowship.
In his lifetime he had many careers, but his first love was teaching. His most recent appointments were at Loma Linda University as Professor of Public Health and Preventative Medicine in the Schools of Dentistry and Medicine, and chaired the Health Sciences Department in the School of Allied Health. He was founder and president of the National Council Against Health Fraud. He was involved in extensive media work on TV and radio, teaching consumers to beware of health quacks, and was often keynote speaker at professional conferences. He authored numerous articles, mainly on consumer health fraud, and co-authored The Health Robbers, the text book Consumer Health: A Guide to Intelligent Decisions, and authored Quackery and You. His passions were tennis which he was playing when he suffered a stroke on the court; running, railroad history and modeling, Green Bay Packers, picking wild mushrooms and huckleberries, and spending time with his family and friends at the family’s vacation home in Revelstoke, BC.
He is survived by his devoted wife, Ada, of 53 years; his two sons, Will (Kerry), and Matt (Amanda); sister Janet Hanf and two nephews. Donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.