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Beginning his college days at Temple University, Bill Hoeveler enlisted in the Marine Corps during World War II and served a tour of duty in the Pacific.
Entering Bucknell, he distinguished himself as a student athlete and class leader. Majoring in social sciences, he starred in varsity basketball and was active with Sigma Chi fraternity, Cap and Dagger, and the Christian Association. In his senior year, he was voted the university's outstanding athlete and received the Jack Dempsey Sports Trophy.
After graduation, he attended Harvard Law School where he was voted co-president of the class of 1950. After Harvard, he married Mary Griffin Smith from Wellesley College and decided to join a law firm in Miami, Florida.
In 1977, President Jimmy Carter appointed Justice Hoeveler to become judge of the U.S. District Court of Florida. Since taking the bench, he has presided over countless trials; including the much publicize drug racketeering trial of Panama's Manuel Noriega.
As a federal judge, he has received many honors - a top rating for the 11th circuit in 1983 and designation by American Lawyer magazine as the top jurist in the Southeast.
He serves on the parish vestry of his Episcopal Church, reads to the blind, and, on occasion, has been known to play some "boogie woogie" on the piano.