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William C. Renwick ’37 *40

Published in July 8, 1992, issue

THE ORIGINATOR OF OUR XIX XXXVII, Bill Renwick died May 2, 1992. Bill was ever cheerful, ever helpful, popular, selfeffacing, an artist, and a prominent industrial designer. He leaves his widow, Sally; three sons; daughter Missy; and three grandchildren. An autopsy showed complications of viral pneumonia.

Bill came to Princeton from Pomfret, where he was active in football, hockey, and baseball. He majored in architecture at Princeton and stayed on for a master's. He was on the freshman football team that beat Yale and was a member of Colonial. In 1939 he was awarded mention in the second preliminary of the Paris Prize Competition of the Society of Beaux Arts. Please refer to our 50th Yearbook (which he and Tom Lincoln engineered) for a sparkling recital of his career, which, boiled down, becomes: he took the first engineering course in plastics, taught the subject, worked with the Navy on plastic in planes, worked for Raymond Loewy and then George Nelson. ("We just happened to spend the summer next door to George Nelson. I didn't know him but fixed his son's bike and eventually joined full time as a partner,'') After a stab at his own shop, in 1963 he became design director for Dow Corning Corp. in Midland, Mich., and served two terms as president of the American Society of Industrial Designers. Later he moved to Brunswick Corp. in Chicago and remained there from 1966 to 1982.

All along the way, Bill was active in Princeton andClass affairs: in 1946 he was on the Ninth Reunion Committee in charge of costumes, in 1948 on a Third Century fundraising subcommittee, in 1951 chairman again on costumes, in 1954 on our executive committee, and for years was available on graphics, such as the logo heading our 55th reunion column.

All our sympathies go to Sally and to the family.

The Class of 1937

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Sandra Seaton Says:

2013-07-15 23:03:46

I didn't know Mr. Renwick, but he is remembered fondly by Mid-Century Modern fans as the designer of the Bubble Lamp for George Nelson Associates. With great appreciation, Sandra Seaton
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