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William Deasy Searle


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Searle, William Deasy
longtime political activist, family man and Scottsdale resident William Deasy Searle passed away on April 8, 2016 at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona with his wife of nearly 59 years, Barbara, close at his side. He was 85. A small family celebration of his life followed on April 14. Born April 24, 1930 in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, Searle served a four year tour of duty in the Air Force in England (1950-1954) during which time he traveled through Europe on his beloved British motorcycle. He attended University of Maryland (Overseas Program) while in the Air Force and received a B.A. degree from Georgetown University in 1956. He regularly and passionately credited the GI bill for his education and career success. He met the love of his life, Barbara Price, on a blind date in February of 1957 and married her four months later in Philadelphia. She survives him. A devoted husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and brother, he is also survived by three children, four grandchildren, one great grandchild and a sister: his son William P. Searle (Deborah) of Phoenix, his daughter Elizabeth Searle Hodgkinson (John) of Arlington, Massachusetts, his daughter Kathleen Searle Davidson (Curtis) of Belmont, Massachusetts; his grandchildren Dann Spohn (Maressa), Angi Manzutto (Joel), William Hodgkinson, and Marcus Davidson; his great granddaughter Kyla Manzutto; and his sister Ann S. Brown of Wilmington, North Carolina. He had an accomplished career at General Electric in Schenectady, New York and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, rising to Manager of Employee and Community Relations at General Electric's Gas Turbine Department's Greenville (South Carolina) Plant. In 1975, he became Director of Corporate Personnel Relations at National Industries in Louisville, Kentucky. In 1978, he became Director, then Vice President of Personnel at ITT Courier Terminal Systems in Tempe, Arizona. Barbara and Bill loved Arizona so much that they decided to retire here and have enjoyed Scottsdale for 37 years. He served the Democratic Party admirably in predominantly Republican areas, and was Montgomery County (Pennsylvania) Democrat of the Year in 1964. He ran for Congress twice in Montgomery County (1964 and 1966) and for State Representative in Scottsdale in 1990. He wrote so eloquently about the issues surrounding campaign finance reform, he attracted the attention of Washington Post columnist David S. Broder who quoted his proposal for extensive side-by-side presentations of candidate views in place of spending ceilings in his column of December 24, 1997. These and other views were also expressed by him as Community Columnist in the Arizona Republic and other publications. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Heart Failure Society of America, 6707 Democracy Blvd, Ste 925, Bethesda, MD 20817 or the Arizona Democratic Party, 2303 N 44th St, Ste 14, Phoenix, AZ 85008-2442.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Apr. 17, 2016
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