William Close
William Close
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.
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Public, in NoLIta, Will Close in June
NYTimes - 5 days
In 2003, when Public opened in NoLIta, it was something of a game changer. Now it’s doing something all too common: shutting its doors.
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Annisa, a West Village Standout, Will Close
NYTimes - about 2 months
The innovative chef and restaurateur Anita Lo says she can’t keep up with rising costs.
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Tony-Winning Play ‘The Humans’ Will Close on Broadway Jan. 15
NYTimes - 3 months
The play, by Stephen Karam, has enjoyed an extended run on Broadway and will now go on tour, starting in Seattle in November.
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Large For-Profit ITT Technical Institutes Will Close Its Doors
NPR - 6 months
The shutdown affects some 35,000 students and more than 8,000 employees in 38 states. ITT blamed the Education Department, which had stepped up oversight of the school and imposed financial sanctions.
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Mt. Sinai Beth Israel Hospital in Manhattan Will Close to Rebuild Smaller
NYTimes - 9 months
The hospital, which has served the downtown area for more than 125 years, is now on a growing list of city hospitals to either close or change its services significantly since 2000.
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Mt. Sinai Beth Israel Hospital in Manhattan Will Close to Rebuild Smaller - New York Times
Google News - 9 months
New York Times Mt. Sinai Beth Israel Hospital in Manhattan Will Close to Rebuild Smaller New York Times Mount Sinai Beth Israel on First Avenue at 16th Street in Manhattan. The 825-bed hospital, which has served the surrounding area for more than 125 years, will be closed and replaced by a smaller operation, officials said on Wednesday. Credit Joshua ... Prognosis for Beth Israel: New E. 13th mini-hospitalThe Villager New York City's Beth Israel to Close Hospital, Open Smaller FacilityWall Street Journal Beth Israel Hospital Will Downsize To A Fraction Of Its Current SizeGothamist WABC-TV -DNAinfo -amNY -Healthcare IT News all 19 news articles »
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Thailand Will Close a Popular Island to Tourists
NYTimes - 10 months
The government says the action is necessary because Koh Tachai, famous for its white beaches and coral reefs, has deteriorated from abuse by hordes of visitors.
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Other Music Record Shop, Yielding to Trends, Will Close
NYTimes - 10 months
By shutting its doors in June, this East Village business is relenting to the economic and digital realities that have doomed bigger stores.
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ArtsBeat: Broadway’s ‘Les Misérables’ Will Close Next September
NYTimes - about 1 year
The revival will have played more than a thousand performances in its third Broadway run.
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ArtsBeat: ‘Dames at Sea’ Will Close on Broadway
NYTimes - over 1 year
The musical comedy finally arrived on Broadway nearly 50 years after it debuted Off Off Broadway.
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H&M Will Close For Thanksgiving
Huffington Post - over 1 year
H&M will close all of its United States stores on Thanksgiving Day to give employees time with their families, the retail giant announced on Monday. “H&M would like to show our appreciation to our employees for their hard work year round, so in the tradition of Thanksgiving, H&M will close our U.S. stores on Thanksgiving Day, allowing our store teams to enjoy this time with their families and friends,” Daniel Kulle, president of H&M North America, said in a statement provided to local New York City TV station PIX 11. H&M joins a growing number of retailers staying closed on Thanksgiving for similar reasons, including Costco, Nordstrom and BJ's. Outdoor goods store REI has gone a step further, announcing in October that it would close its doors on Black Friday as well as Thanksgiving Day. Thanksgiving falls on Thursday, Nov. 26 this year. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be use ...
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Western Grocery Chain Fresh & Easy Will Close Its 97 Stores - NBCNews.com
Google News - over 1 year
NBCNews.com Western Grocery Chain Fresh & Easy Will Close Its 97 Stores NBCNews.com TORRANCE, Calif. -- Fresh & Easy will shutter its 97 remaining stores in California, Arizona and Nevada and cease operations after nearly a decade of struggling to catch on with consumers. The Daily Breeze newspaper reports the grocery chain, ... Fresh & Easy grocery chain to shutter all of its storesMiami Herald Fresh and Easy to start shutting down stores, 9 in Phoenix areaKTAR.com Fresh & Easy begins its major shut downStatesman Tribune Kern Golden Empire all 78 news articles »
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New York Archdiocese Will Close 7 More Churches
NYTimes - almost 2 years
The closings — three in the Bronx, one in Manhattan and three north of the city — are part of the biggest reorganization in archdiocese history.
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ArtsBeat: ‘Doctor Zhivago’ Will Close on Sunday
NYTimes - almost 2 years
The musical adaptation of Boris Pasternak’s novel began in San Diego and had played overseas before its short-lived Broadway run.
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Pearl River, Chinese Emporium in Manhattan, Will Close at Year-End
NYTimes - almost 2 years
The wares Pearl River Mart sells are no longer the rarities they were when China was closed to trade with the United States.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of William Close
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2009
    Age 84
    Close died at age 84 on January 15, 2009, in his home in Big Piney due to a heart attack.
    More Details Hide Details He was survived by his wife, three daughters, two sons, nine grandchildren and a twin brother.
  • 1995
    Age 70
    During the 1995 Ebola outbreak he was a liaison between the CDC and the Zairian government.
    More Details Hide Details Close wrote four books, which included chronicles of his experiences as a doctor in Zaire and Wyoming.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1960
    Age 35
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He served President Mobutu Sese Seko as his personal doctor and was chief physician of the nation's army. In the mid-1970s, the Ebola virus broke out at a missionary hospital in rural Yambuku, near the Ebola River. The disease, which was characterized by severe sore throat, rash, abdominal pain and bleeding from multiple sites, had killed 11 of the 17 medical staff at the hospital, forcing it to close. Panic was in the air, with roads blocked, river traffic stopped and commercial air travel restricted. The army would not enter the area and President Mobutu was said to have left the country and fled to France, in the face of fears that the disease could spread to others as those infected with the disease tried to escape the center of the outbreak. On his way back home to the United States for a home leave, Dr. Close returned to Kinshasa from Geneva, discussing the issue on the flight with two physicians from the Centers for Disease Control, Joel G. Breman and Peter Piot, who discovered the Ebola virus. Back in Zaire, Close obtained planes and pilots from the Ministry of Health to transport medical equipment to the affected area, using his personal connection to President Mobutu to obtain the access he needed. Close coordinated efforts in the area, ensuring that medical supplies were directed to where they were needed most. After providing protective equipment for hospital workers, sterilizing medical supplies and quarantining patients, the team was able to break the chain of transmission of the virus, with almost 90% of the 318 people infected left dead.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1924
    Born
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He served as the personal pilot and interpreter for General Joseph Harper. Following his military service, he attended the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and trained in surgery at Roosevelt Hospital in Manhattan after receiving his medical degree.
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