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Hentschel, William J.
Of Bedford, formerly of Acton, died June 5, 2013 at the Carleton Willard Village in Bedford, MA. He was 95 years old. Mr. Hentschel was predeceased by his first wife, Virginia (Miller), in 1998, and by his second wife, Mary-Amy Cross (Orpen), in 2010. William was born in Brooklyn in 1917 and grew up in Forest Hills, NY. He attended the Brooklyn Technical High School for math and science, and the Polytechnic Institute of New York University. Employed as a Civil Engineer, he retired at age 70 as Director of Terminal Engineering for the United Brands Company. Professionally, he was noted for his skill in designing shipping terminals throughout the world. He held a United States Patent for Low Pressure Storage of Metabolically Active Material With Open Cycle Refrigeration. During World War II, he worked for military intelligence to identify strategic sites for demolition. Mozart, sailing vessels, geology, climbing mountains and hill walking were life-long passions. Up until his mid 80s he led canoe trips down the Allagash River. Mr. Hentschel is survived by his daughter, Janet Hentschel, her husband Gregory Schmidt of Carlisle, their three children, Emma, Hugh and Owen; and by his daughter Winifred Hentschel and her fiancé, Philip Trackman, of Cambridge. He is also survived by his stepson Kelvin Cross of Boston and NH with whom he shared a special relationship. A memorial service will be held at The Church of the Good Shepherd, 164 Newtown Road, Acton on Wednesday June 12 at 10:00am. Those who wish may make a memorial contribution to the Adirondack Land Trust, PO Box 65, Keene Valley, NY 12943.
Published in The Boston Globe on June 9, 2013
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