Obituary: William Eadington, gaming academic, 67 University of Nevada Reno (UNR) economist and renowned gaming expert William (Bill) Eadington has passed away after a year-and-a-half battle with cancer.

Eadington was perhaps best known as longtime director of the Institute for the Study of Gambling and Commercial Gaming, which he headed since its inception at UNR in 1989. He was also a 30-year board member on the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG). In these roles, he was a sought after speaker at numerous gaming conference and a go-to resource for Casino Journal, its various sister publications and other magazines covering the legalized wagering industry.

Eadington also wrote numerous books and articles on gaming and often served as a consultant/advisor for governments and organizations on various casino-related issues. He was recently inducted into the American Gaming Association Hall of Fame and given a Special Achievement Award for Gaming Education. Last year, he received the NCPG’s Goldman Lifetime Award for Advocacy.

“He was the most influential academic in the gaming industry,” Reno gaming analyst Ken Adams told RGJ.com. “He built that institute as an academic discipline when no one was taking it seriously. Insiders in the industry would argue but when any legislation was discussed, he was the best guy to have testify. He brought them back to the center. He knew the good points and bad points. He had really valuable insights.”

He is survived by his wife, son, daughter, son-in-law and three grandchildren.