William Close

Born Jun 7, 1924

William Taliaferro Close was an American surgeon who played a major role in stemming a 1976 outbreak of the Ebola virus in Zaire, the first major outbreak of the viral hemorrhagic fever in Central Africa, and preventing its further spread. He was also the father of actress Glenn Close.… Read More

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1924 Birth Close was born in Greenwich, Connecticut on June 7, 1924, minutes after his twin brother, into a well-off background, the son of Elizabeth (née Taliaferro) and Edward Bennett Close, an attorney. His mother was a descendant of the Taliaferro family. Raised in France, he attended Summer Fields School, Harrow School in England, and then St. Paul's School in Concord, New Hampshire. Close enrolled in Harvard University in 1941, leaving the school two years later to marry Bettine Moore in a ceremony held February 6, 1943 at the home of her parents in Greenwich, and to become a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II. … Read More


1960 36 Years Old He traveled to Zaire in 1960, where he practiced medicine and ran the 1,500-bed Mama Yemo hospital in the capital city of Kinshasa, with the goal of getting health care into rural areas of the country. … Read More


1995 71 Years Old …  During the 1995 Ebola outbreak he was a liaison between the CDC and the Zairian government. … Read More
2009 85 Years Old Close died at age 84 on January 15, 2009, in his home in Big Piney due to a heart attack. … Read More
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