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William Simpson Bigelow ’49

Published in July 7, 1993, issue

BILL BIGELOW, who will be recalled by many as the chief umpire at the U.S. Open tennis tournament for some 20 years, passed away Jan. 23, 1993, at the St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, N.J. He was 67.

Born in Newark, Bill graduated from Gunnery School and served as a marine in the South Pacific during WWII, before coming to Princeton. He married Page Elizabeth Smith in Sept. 1946, and they lived at the University until a job offer took them to Louisville, Ky. In 1949, they returned to New Jersey, and Bill joined Suburban Propane Gas Corp., where he worked until 1972, becoming corporate secretary. He later moved on to found Bigelow Associates, a consulting company located in Maplewood, N.J.

Bill was a member of key standards committees of the National Propane Gas Assn., the National Fire Prevention Assn., and the American Gas Assn. He had been active in tennis officiating since the early 1960s, and was the chief umpire at the U.S. Open from 1962 to 1982. In 1981, he received the U.S.T.A.'s McGovern Award for long and meritorious service. Bill lived in Maplewood for 40 years and was a vestryman for St. George's Episcopal Church there. His wife, Rev. Page Smith Bigelow, died in June 1992. Bill's father, John 0. '05, and his brother, John 0. Jr. '42, were Princetonians.

Surviving are his daughter, Page E.; two sons, John 0. III and William S. Jr.; his sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Stewart; and a grandson, John 0. IV. To each, we extend our sympathy on the passing of a highly regarded classmate.

The Class of l949

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