January 24, 2018

About William R. Finger

William (Bill) Finger has been editor of a public policy quarterly, a consultant for the N.C. Legislature, and from 1989 to 2013, a writer and communications manager at an international public health organization. He grew up in Jackson, Mississippi, went to Duke University, was a Peace Corps Volunteer in India, and completed a Masters in Social Work in 2002 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Since 1977, he has lived with his wife in Raleigh, NC, where they raised their two children.

Early in his career, Finger published more than 100 freelance articles in more than 40 newspapers and magazines including The New York Times. Also, he published 40 articles on state government issues as editor for North Carolina Insight, the quarterly of the NC Center for Public Policy Research, and edited The Tobacco Industry in Transition (Lexington Books, 1981).  In his 24 years at Family Health International before retiring, he wrote 82 articles for the award winning bulletin Network, reported on the 1994 International Conference on Family Planning and other international meetings, and worked with researchers to produce scores of articles and reports on world-class science regarding youth, sexuality, AIDS, family planning, and related topics.

On December 3, 2013, he retired from Family Health International (now called FHI 360). At his retirement party, he discussed his life’s work with this slide show. As part of a new vocational direction, JourneyCake Spirit goes beyond job, paycheck, and career. In this retirement, or perhaps better dubbed post-employment venture, Finger does not yet have slides to add to the PowerPoint summary of his employment autobiography. Over time, how to incorporate this new venture into his biographical legacy will become clear.


Published Articles Adapted in Memoir

Finger WR. Finding the door into the forest. In Ed: Christopher Harding, Wingspan: Inside the Men’s Movement. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1992. Chapter 8 (“Pools of Grief”) is adapted from this article, with new material added.

Finger W. The healing power of community: commentary. World: The Journal of the Unitarian Universalist Association, 1999;13(6):12-13. The article includes a scene adapted in Chapter 15 (“I’m Not Ashamed”).

Finger W. and Arnold EM. Mind-body interventions: Applications for social work practice. Social Work in Health Care 2002;35(4):57-78. This journal article evolved from an independent study in my MSW program, documenting interventions focusing on stress reduction and relaxation that can complement social work practice.