William A. Rhoads earned a PhD in botany, and worked for defense
contractor EG&G (Egerton, Germeshausen, and Grier), Inc., studying the
effects of radiation on plants for the Atomic Energy Commission. He spent his
weekends in a small house he owned near Venice Beach, but lived weekdays in
Goleta, where EG&G's Santa Barbara Operations were based. He died of
congenital heart disease in the early 1980s.