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William Smith Rial Jr. ’32

Published in Dec. 6, 1995, issue

Bill Rial died of natural causes Oct. 6, 1995, at his home in Greensburg, Penn.

After graduation from Princeton, Bill worked until 1941 for the Pittsburgh Railways Co. During WWII, he served in the Army's Pittsburgh Ordnance Dept., appraising the performance of local industry in manufacturing weapons and other equipment for the military, retiring with the rank of major. He then acquired Morrison Rubber Co., which handled purchases of rubber products for the local rail, steel, and coal industries. He ran the company until he was 72, when he retired. Thereafter, he served as secretary and director of the Pittsburgh post of the American Ordnance Assn. He also engaged in fundraising for Dwight Eisenhower's first presidential campaign and for various charitable groups including the American Red Cross, Mercy Hospital, and his church, the First United Methodist Church in Shadyside.

The class extends its sincere sympathy to Sally, Bill's wife of 58 years; his three daughters, the Rev. Hydie R. Houston, Sally R. French, and Anne R. Nicholas; a son, William S. Rial III; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.

The Class of 1932

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