Lafayette resident William “Bill” Usinger, a figure in Lamorinda’s swimming community and a prominent R&D scientist at Trellis Bioscience in South San Francisco, died suddenly at home over the weekend.
Mr. Usinger died of an apparent heart attack. Lamorinda’s swimming community reacted with shock and disbelief at the news this week. A scholarship fund, the Acalanes High School Usinger Swimming Scholarship, has been established in his name and the family asked that donations be made to the fund in lieu of flowers. Donations can be mailed to Acalanes High School, 1200 Pleasant Hill Rd, Lafayette, Ca, 94549.
A message posted to a memorial page by colleagues at Trellis read: “All of us at Trellis Bioscience are deeply saddened. Not only have we lost a talented scientist, and gifted R&D leader, but a good friend that was, and continues to be inspiring to all of us.”
Photo: William “Bill” Usinger
For those who knew Mr. Usinger, a celebration of his life has been scheduled at Springbrook Pool, 3200 Stanley Blvd, Lafayette, on Saturday, March 30 between 1p.m. and 3 p.m. 30th, 1-3 p.m. The family hopes that people will bring their favorite pictures of Mr. Usinger. Attire will be casual, “as if you were going to a swim meet.” It would be appreciated if people brought appetizers and beverages, at the family’s request.
Mr. Usinger is survived by his wife Laurie, son Brett and daughter Brittany.