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September 8, 2014

The renal community lost a long tenured patient advocate on Sunday, August 31st with the death of Bill Litchfield.  Bill was born in Pittsburg, Pa. on June 1, 1940 and started dialysis in January of 1968. He was truly a pioneer in patient centered dialysis having done dialysis at home for more than 20 years and had renal replacement therapy for 46+ years.  An engineer by training, he started as the first home patient in Texas and was one of the patients who testified before Congress for the passage of Medicare legislation to cover dialysis in the 1970’s.

The founding VP for legislative affairs for the kidney patient association, he understood very early the importance of patient efforts and patient advocacy in chronic diseases.  He is the author of several publications, holding several patents in the renal field and has been honored by many renal organizations such as the National Kidney Foundation, ESRD Network of Texas, and the University of Texas Medical Branch.  He was given tribute several years ago by Davita, who developed a video of his experiences available at

He spent more than 30 years in the oil and gas industry including international operations posts in Asia and beyond, and retired from Ariel Corporation.

Preceded in death by his parents, William H and Ruth Litchfield, Bill is survived by his wife, Terry Foust Litchfield; three children, Capt. Charles Litchfield(US Navy-ret) and his wife Leanna of San Carlos, Ca.; Pam Litchfield Carmona and husband Dion of Des Plaines, Il.;  and William Alexander Litchfield of Washington, D.C., three brilliant grandchildren Evan(12), Kishin(11) and Abby(10), recalcitrant pug Samurai, a sister Margaret Hildebrand and husband Raymond along with  numerous cousins, nephews and nieces and long term caregiver Patricia Goode.

His life will be celebrated at a memorial service at 11 am, Saturday, October 4, 2014 at St. Philip Presbyterian Church, 4807 San Felipe, Houston, Texas  77056.  No flowers, please, contributions to Dialysis Patient Citizens  or St. Philip Presbyterian Church, 4807 San Felipe Houston, Tx. 77056 .


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