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Mr. William Julius Escher 1931 - 2014

Mr. William Julius Escher

This Guest Book has been kept online by William Escher.
September 26, 2015
I first met Bill when he gave a talk to my University of Michigan chemical engineering class. After graduating, I joined the Institute of Gas Technology in Chicago, where, lo and behold, he was a consultant to them and became a mentor to me! His can-do attitude and big thinking were traits I admired. I am sure he is resting in a wonderful peace. I would like to visit St Johns, Michigan some day!
January 21, 2015
Thank you to all of you for the wonderful memories you've shared with us. I've been passing them all on to my mom, Loretta, and she has really enjoyed hearing from you. Jake and George, thank you for the description of those early times in my dad's life that I didn't hear enough about. Mom absolutely remembers what special friends you were. -Lauryn (Bill's youngest daughter)
January 15, 2015
Belatedly, I wanted to add to this guest book. Bill and I were great friends, meeting after we were drafted into the Korean War period in 1952 in the electronics school of the Army in Monmouth, NJ. As such a scholar, he was always reading publications on his free time and we labeled him as "Das Book." After that, we were both transferred to Redstone ARPG in Alabama where we spent the remainder of our Army careers There is much more about when we turned over Bill's VW Bug in Tennessee and were pulled out to a site by a black farmer and his tractor. We went on to West Lafayette, IN to a Purdue football game and made it back with help from my family in Indiana.

Bill was a brilliant guy, admired by not only me but my parents when at our Hoosier home. We had an additional connection with his earlier home in St. Johns, MI, very near to my home base connected to Michigan State University.

The parting of Bill is a great loss to me not only as a friend but one who provided me an intellectual exchange in a less than such an environment in the army, on my way, with this interruption, on my way to a PhD and the faculty at Michigan State University.

Rest in Peace, Bill Escher,

Jake Ferris
September 11, 2014
Friends since 1969! Many memories: 1973, our visit to Bill's ancestral home in Michigan. 1986 and 1988, Two Hamilton weddings. 1993, your visit to the Kern River Valley.

You, Loretta, always passionate about spiritual growth.
Bill, always passionate about traveling through space.
A live-wire blend of wonder, curiosity, idealism, energy and joie de vivre!

Good-by, Mr. Chips. We love you.
September 11, 2014
I grew up with the amazing Escher Clan. I have such wonderful memories! The intelligence, exuberance, and quirkiness of this family cannot be described. Bill was a thoughtful, kind teacher and he accepted (and often participated in) the madness that runs rampant in our two families. He will always be appreciated, loved and remembered.
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