Bill Thorndike operates his family business, Medford Fabrication, a custom steel fabrication company that has been in operation for 78 years. Thorndike currently serves on the boards of Southern Oregon University, Oregon Business Council, Crater Lake National Park Trust, Jackson County Economic Development Advisory Committee, Jefferson Regional Health Alliance, and the Northwest Health Foundation. He has served on a number of other boards and commissions, including the Port of Portland, Oregon Community Foundation, Asante Health System, Northwest Area Foundation, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon, the Portland Branch of the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank, and Philanthropy Northwest.
He is a 1972 graduate of Medford Senior High School, and graduated in 1976 from Lewis & Clark College with BS in Business Administration. His honors and awards include the SOU President’s Medal, The Chamber of Medford/Jackson County First Citizen Award, SOLV/Tom McCall Leadership Award and the Glenn Jackson Leadership Award from Willamette University.
A third-generation Rogue Valley resident, he resides in rural Jackson County with his wife Angela Littlefield, an equestrian judge.