For decades, Eadington was a much-sought-after speaker at gaming conferences and was instrumental in the creation of UNR’s triennial International Conference on Gambling and Risk Taking first held in 1974.
And he was the longtime director of the Institute for the Study of Gambling and Commercial Gaming, which he started at UNR in 1989. The institute, under Eadington’s tenure, has helped put UNR’s stamp on the global academic map
“One of the coolest things about him was he had a global perspective of what we can do out of UNR for the gaming industry worldwide,” said Greg Mosier, dean of the UNR College of Business, where Eadington was an economics professor since 1969. “He made that whole thing take off. He had a grand vision and he pulled it off. He was a good friend to the community. It’s a great loss.”
Eadington wrote extensively on issues related to the economic and social impacts of gaming, including several books, among them “The Downside: Problem and Pathological Gambling” and “Gambling: Public Policies and the Social Sciences.”
He also served as a consultant and adviser for governments and private-sector organizations worldwide on issues related to gaming laws, casino operations, regulation, legalization and public policy.
“He was the most influential academic in the gaming industry,” said Reno gaming analyst Ken Adams. “He built that institute as an academic discipline when no one was taking it seriously.
“Insiders in the industry would argue but when any legislation was discussed, he was the best guy to have testify. He brought them back to the center. He knew the good points and bad points. He had really valuable insights.”
Eadington received numerous honors and awards over his career.
Most recently, he was inducted in 2011 into the American Gaming Association Hall of Fame and honored with a Special Achievement Award for Gaming Education. Last summer, the National Council on Problem Gambling, of which Eadington was a board member for 30 years, presented him with the Goldman Lifetime Award for Advocacy.A Southern California native, Eadington earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Santa Clara University and a Ph.D. in economics from Claremont Graduate School, after which he joined the teaching staff at UNR.
Eadington was diagnosed with cancer in August 2011 and had returned to Reno on Jan. 31 from the Mayo Clinic near Phoenix, Ariz., after it was determined he was too weak for further treatment, said his wife, Margaret.
He is survived by his wife, son Michael Eadington, daughter and son-in-law, Diana and Darren Reed, and three grandchildren.
The family, in a notice released Monday night, said a service would be held on Saturday at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Incline Village. A specific time was not immediately known Monday night.
Bill Eadington, a world-renowned expert on the gaming industry and longtime University of Nevada, Reno economist, died today at his Reno home.
Eadington, 67, had battled cancer since August 2011 and had just returned from the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Ariz., on Jan. 31 after it was determined he was too weak for further treatment, his wife, Margaret, said today.
Eadington, a native of Brea, Calif., was a professor of economics at UNR since 1969 and founded the Institute for the Study of Gambling and Commercial Gaming on the UNR campus.
He wrote extensively on issues related to the economic and social impacts of gaming. He also served as a consultant and advisor for governments and private sector organizations throughout the world on issues related to gaming laws, casino operations, regulation, legalization and public policy.
He is survived by his wife, son Michael Eadington, daughter and son-in-law, Diana and Darren Reed, and three grandchildren