William (Bill) Scudder Raughley




Cary - William (Bill) Scudder Raughley, age 71, went to be with our Lord on November 1, 2018. Bill was born on June 6, 1947, in Trenton, NJ. He was the son of the late Robert and Phyllis Raughley.

Bill grew up in Ewing, NJ, where he met a girl around the corner, Judy, who became his high school sweetheart and then his wife in 1968. He graduated from Ewing High School in 1965 with lifelong friend Dr. Barry Ashmen. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout and lettered on the football team. Bill attended the New Jersey Institute of Technology and graduated with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1969.

Bill spent most of his career in the nuclear power industry. He worked in engineering and management roles of design, construction, and operations. He finished his career with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission where he monitored the safety performance metrics of our country’s 110 nuclear stations.He also authored and co-authored studies about grid reliability and reactor safety.

Bill and Judy raised three sons while living in West Deptford, NJ; Washington Crossing, PA; Farragut, TN; and Fairfax Station, VA. Bill retired at age 60 in Cary, NC, his base to enjoy his most favorite role as grandfather.

Bill is survived by his loving wife Judy, who together celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this year; sons, Bryan and wife Jennifer of Waxhaw, NC, Chris and wife Rebecca of Cary, NC, Andrew of Charlestown, WV; and the nine lights of his life: grandchildren Julia, Shaun, Ethan, twins Shannon and Morgan, Meredith, Callie, Lily, and William. Bill also enjoyed closeness with his sisters and brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, extended family and friendships with classmates, the nursing school group, neighbors, church members, and fellow parents in their kids’ activities groups.

Bill was an ardent woodworker who enjoyed crafting Early American furniture reproductions. He learned Windsor chairmaking with a renowned craftsman in New England. He spent hundreds of hours relaxing in his shop building custom heirlooms for family and friends.

Bill’s legacy will be as the inseparable husband of Judy, always reliable servant to family, mentor to his boys and their spouses, and a steady source of gentle positivity to his grandchildren.

Our family offers our sincere gratitude to the talented physicians and compassionate people of the UNC Cancer Center who cared for Bill.

Friends and family are welcome to attend a memorial service to be held from 2:00 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, November 9, 2018 at Kirk of Kildaire Church, 200 High Meadow Drive, Cary, NC 27511.