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William G. Bate ’37

Published in Dec. 3, 1997, issue

Prolific industrial engineer and teacher Bill Bate died Aug. 23, 1997, leaving wife Donnabel, children Laurel, Sue, Billy, John, and Steve (Sally died), stepchildren David and Michael, 17 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Bill prepared at Morton [Ind.] H.S. and at Princeton was in the University Choir and engaged in other campus activities. In senior year he was a hero, climbing through a hall window in Patton to arouse occupants during a heavy smoke fire probably caused by a smoldering cigarette. Escaping from the floor above were Jim Sincell, Bill Soverel, and Brons Tweedy. Hank Moses '38 had stopped to retrieve some lecture notes and singed his hair.

Bill first worked as assistant to the comptroller of Milprint, Inc., in Milwaukee, and later, as manager of the accounting department, engineered a reorganization with Western Condensing Co. He became director of research and planning with Elder & Johnston Co. in Dayton, Ohio, where he was a consultant to the president and secretary. Then he went with the Eavey Co. in Xenia, Ohio. By 1957 he was a teacher at Blanchester [Ohio] H.S., and an accountant. He was connected in a consulting and advisory capacity with concerns in the retail department store, foundry, banking, retail grocery, and wholesale grocery fields, on the side reclaiming 70 acres of eroded wasteland fondly referred to as a "farm."

We send all our condolences to Donnabel and all the issue.

The Class of 1937

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