Bill’s motto reflects that of his Alma Mater, Virginia Tech, which is “Ut Prosim” (“That I May Serve”). And serve he has. His significant impact on the agricultural community in Loudoun County is felt in today’s rise in agri-tourism, especially in the burgeoning wine industry.
Born and raised in the Herndon/Chantilly area (now Franklin Farm), Bill was a third generation dairy farmer who grew to love his tight knit, supportive farming community. Beginning his career as the County Agent in 1963, Bill brought the latest technologies and techniques to Loudoun County farmers including the implementation of no-till farming. During his time as County Agent, Loudoun’s Dairy industry became the 2nd largest in the state.
Bill retired early at age 54 after nearly 29 years as the county agent. His retirement allowed him to focus on supporting numerous service organizations including: founding the Keep Loudoun Beautiful initiative; becoming a founding Member of the Loudoun Health Foundation and the Loudoun Education Foundation; helping in the formation of four Ruritan Clubs in Loudoun County; establishing the local Salvation Army chapter; starting the Master Gardener program and serving as a 4-H Leader. Bill has devoted significant effort to preserving the history of agriculture in Loudoun County through the founding of the Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum, a 12,000 square foot museum in Claude Moore Park. He currently serves as the President of its Board of Directors. The museum is dedicated to preserving over 300 years of history of the men and women who worked the land in Loudoun County.
Bill has been married to Polly Cox Harrison for 56 years. They have three sons Steven, Greg, and Doug.