Notable Nevadans

February 14, 2013


Hon. Dean Heller

of Nevada

in the United States Senate

February 14, 2013

Mr. Heller:  Mr. President, I rise today to honor the life of a world renowned gaming authority and professor at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) Bill Eadington, whose passing on February 11, 2013, has brought great sadness to the Silver State.  After 18 months, Mr. Eadington lost a courageous battle with cancer.  My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time. 

Bill Eadington joined the faculty at UNR as an economist in 1969. He is the author of several books on the social and economic impacts of gambling and was a world-renowned authority on gaming issues.  Mr. Eadington founded the Institute for the Study of Gambling and Commercial Gaming at UNR and served as its director since 1989.  Outside of the classroom he has served as a resource for governments and private-sector organizations worldwide on gaming laws, casino operations, regulation, and public policy. 

In 2011, Bill Eadington was given the honor of being inducted into the American Gaming Association Hall of Fame and was honored with a Special Achievement Award for Gaming Education.  Mr. Eadington was a board member on the National Council on Problem Gambling for 30 years, and in 2012, the Board presented him with the Goldman Lifetime Award for Advocacy. 

Gaming is a uniquely important industry in Nevada, and Mr. Eadington’s academic contributions and expertise in this field have been invaluable to the State of Nevada and to UNR. Coupled with the tourism industry, it is our economic back bone, supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs.  I have been proud to support policies to keep Nevada’s gaming industry and economy growing and prosperous, and thank Mr. Eadington for all his work on an issue vitally important to our state.  Today, I ask my colleagues to join me in celebrating the life of this honorable Nevadan.



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