to the Life Story of
Dr. William Newton Thetford
Although William Thetford did not write an autobiography of his
extraordinary life and career, in a series of taped interviews
with his dear friend, Dr. Frances Vaughan, in 1982 he did discuss
his life’s journey and his role in the scribing of A
Course in Miracles. The audiotapes are now part of the Archives of A
Course in Miracles maintained by the Foundation for Inner Peace. Upon
completing her interviews with Bill, however, Dr. Vaughan also
transcribed the tapes as an archival question-answer printed
record, titled Recollections of William Thetford, which she and
Bill together edited.
While this biographical archival record of Bill sufficiently covered the essence
of his life and was the first such account of its kind, a number of essential
aspects and important events nevertheless were inadvertently not included. These
came to light or were discovered later, including the six-year period from 1982
until his death in 1988 that also needed to be added. As a result, the fundamental
material presented in Recollections of William Thetford was naturally and faithfully
amplified and updated to include additional significant biographical material
taken from a variety of other interviews of Bill that appear on audio and video
cassettes, as well as in written form and as remembrances from friends and colleagues.
In lieu of his own authored autobiography, therefore, the following personal, biographic account of Bill’s life – presented here posthumously by the Foundation for Inner Peace in a self-narrated, stylized format – is offered in the spirit and style it is felt that Bill himself would have penned it as an expanded, personal portrayal of life and career, especially regarding his essential and vital part in the scribing of A Course in Miracles.