William Bowen Kash of Scottsdale and Westport died Sept. 20, 2010. He was 86.

Originally from Paris, Ky., he was proud of his Scots-Irish, maternal family Shannon, Presbyterian and Kentuckian roots. He graduated from Millersburg Military Institute in 1941, and in 1946 with a bachelor in science from the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, where he was also a trophied track and field athlete. He served in China in the late 1940s, in Japan in the 1950s and in the 1960s, as captain, at Yakuska.

In 1965, Kash earned a master's of science degree with distinction in logistics management from the Air University of the United States Air Force.

From the time of the Great Depression when he felt that the then new Social System saved him as a child and his immediate family from starving, he was a confirmed and proud liberal. He continued to be a generous donor to many social welfare and liberal causes, to the Democratic Party, and to national Democratic candidates.

He was fond of the memory of his predeceased second wife, Fern Kash, and most dedicated for 30 years to his surviving third wife, Shirley Black Kash. He treated people, family, staff and friends with equanimity, Southern graciousness and charm. A unique character, an officer and a gentleman, he knew and enjoyed life, people, horses, sports, reading and politics. A reader of history broadly, he wrote extensively in short story and other formats of life in the mid-south of his youth and beyond, as well as political commentary.

He is survived by his wife and his step-children.