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William Charles Reinig
ANNAPOLIS, MD - William Charles Reinig, a longtime resident of North Augusta, died on August 25, 2015 in Annapolis, Maryland of pancreatic cancer. Reinig was born on June 5, 1924 to William Charles Costello Reinig and Alice Schuster Reinig in Queens, NY where he was raised. He received a bachelor of mechanical engineering from Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn (now NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering). He served in the Navy during World War II.
After the war, Reinig worked as a reactor health physicist at the Hanford Works in Washington State and subsequently as leader of the radiation protection program for the nation's first peacetime reactor during its startup and initial operation at Brookhaven National Laboratory. In 1951, he led a research team that measured the natural radioactivity of 6000 square miles of the DuPont operated Savannah River Site (SRS) and its environs outside of Aiken, SC. This was the first large-scale environmental assay of naturally occurring radioactivity. The study was completed in 1953 and still serves as a national benchmark for responsible environmental stewardship. The monitoring system and stations established at that time have measured and reported annually for over 60 years. He held a number of technical and management positions at SRS including Superintendent of Health Physics and General Superintendent for the Technical Department. Thereafter, when Westinghouse operated the Site he was appointed Deputy General Manager for the Environmental Safety and Health. Bill was active in professional societies. He was a charter member, fellow, and president of the Health Physics Society (HPS), an international organization of radiation protection specialists. He was elected Chairman of the American Board of Health Physics. In 2006, he received the McAdams Award of the HPS for his significant contributions to the radiation protection profession. He served on the National Council on Radiation Protection (NCRP). Bill published over 40 technical papers and was editor of the book "Environmental Surveillance in the Vicinity of Nuclear Facilities."
Reinig was a co-founder of Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness, a grassroots organization that supports and promotes beneficial uses of nuclear energy. He served as Vice-Chair of CNTA for 9 years.
He served as the chair of the North Augusta, Belvedere, Jackson Board of Education Advisory Committee in the 1960's when the Board voted to integrate the school system. He was Chair of the Aiken County Air and Water Pollution Commission and President of the Hammond Hills Elementary School PTA.
He enjoyed gardening, reading, traveling and watching movies. After retirement, he wrote a remarkably detailed memoir about growing up in Queens during the Depression for his children and grandchildren.
In 1949, he married Marion Borgstrom whom he met at Brookhaven National Laboratory. She died in 2007, three days after their 58th wedding anniversary.
He was also predeceased by his parents, his sister, Sally, his brother, Edward, and their spouses. He is survived by Dr. James Reinig (Ellen) of Annapolis, MD and Dr. Christine Reinig of Santa Fe, NM as well as grandchildren Margaret and Ann Reinig and Dennis and Alice Flournoy.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Ginger Cove Foundation, 4000 River Crescent Dr, Annapolis, MD 21401.
Published in The Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star on Sept. 6, 2015
Arrangements under the direction of:
John M. Taylor Funeral Home
147 DUKE OF GLOUCESTER ST | Annapolis, MD 21401 | (410) 263-4422
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