William H. (Bill) Swatos, Jr. passed away at the Community General Hospital Medical Center in Sterling, Illinois. He was 74 years old. The immediate cause of death was complications from COVID-19.

Bill Swatos is familiar to readers of Nova Religio because of his work on the sociology of religion, and especially from his co-edited anthology on prophecy in new religious movements, How Prophecy Lives, with Diana G. Tumminia (2011). He was the first executive director of the Religious Research Association, an organization that he served in that capacity from 1994 to 2015. Overlapping that service were his efforts as executive officer of the Association for the Sociology of Religion (ASR) from 1996 until 2012. In these jobs, Bill handled a myriad of organizational duties. Few models preceded him in this work, and few then or now could exceed his standards for timeliness and efficiency.

Professor Swatos received his bachelor’s...

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