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Family Nurse Practitioner Bill Redding hammers away on a Greenville home under construction by Habitat for Humanity. (Photo by Marc J. Kawanishi)

Redding at Home with Hammer, Guitar, Stethoscope

In coordination with the Recognition and Rewards Committee of the ECU Staff Senate, the Pieces of Eight series honoring exceptional ECU staff members recognizes Bill Redding.

By Judy Currin

Bill Redding is as skillful examining a builder‰s blueprint as he is a patient‰s medical chart.

A family nurse practitioner for 26 years, Redding spends his weekdays attending patients at the Brody School of Medicine. He sees patients of every age and walk of life.

,It‰s nice,Š Redding said. ,I never know what‰s coming through the door.Š

On Saturday mornings he never knows what task awaits him either. Those days, he heads out to Pitt County‰s Habitat for Humanity‰s latest building project. He has been involved with the organization since 1990. Since then, the non-profit organization has built 42 homes to shelter low-income families in Pitt County.

Redding‰s first contact with Habitat for Humanity was pure happenstance. ,I was building stage sets for the N.C. Academy of Dance Arts,Š he said. ,My daughter was performing.Š

The warehouse where he was working was across from Pitt Street, the site of Greenville‰s first Habitat House.

,I saw the house being built, so I walked over to talk with the group of volunteers,Š he said. ,It‰s a good program I wanted to be involved with.Š He served on Habitat‰s board for five years and is now a member of the building committee.

Redding said it‰s important for him to give back something to the community. ,It‰s ideal if the service is in an area you have an interest.Š

An accomplished carpenter, Redding honed his skills in his father‰s basement workshop. He was raised in Clarence, a small town in New York State just outside of Buffalo. Redding‰s father and his nine siblings helped each other build homes on one-acre lots fronting the family home place and adjoining farm.

While Redding did not build the house he shares with wife, Susan, he crafted tables, desks and cabinets for their home from his own garage workshop. He and Susan, a nurse practitioner at PCMH, have two daughters who would rather design than build. Genevieve is a fashion designer in New York and Caroline designs furniture in Raleigh.

There‰s another side of Bill that gets lots of exposure this time of year. Redding grew up listening and learning traditional Irish tunes from his father who played the banjo.

Now a veteran guitar player, Redding‰s hobby landed him two gigs, at the Hilton and Christie‰s Euro Pub on St. Patrick‰s Day.

He will perform with Mike Hamer (English) from 7 to 10 p.m. at Glennon‰s at the Hilton and 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. Christie‰s Euro Pub on Jarvis Street. The duo will perform 40 to 50 traditional Celtic and Irish songs, including ,Nancy Whiskey,Š ,Finnegan‰s WakeŠ and ,The Rising of the Moon.Š

,Danny Boy,Š the love song written by Frederick Weatherly, will be a part of the musical line-up as well.

,We‰ll do that too, just because it‰s so popular,Š Redding said. ,,Danny Boy‰ is the ,Brown-eyed GirlŠ of Irish music, you got to do Danny Boy.Š

This page originally appeared in the March 10, 2006 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at