William R. Scaife was a 1954 Georgia Tech graduate who earned degrees in architecture and engineering. He worked in the fields at different firms and as a consultant before retiring in 1983. Bill had always been a history buff, but the World War II veteran of the 82nd Airborne's passion caught fire when he researched his grandfather, Dr. William R. Scaife, who had been a Civil War surgeon. He is the author of many books, including Allatoona Pass: A Needless Effusion of Blood, and The Campaign for Atlanta. Bill passed away in 2009.