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William Kenji Tabata

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CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- William Kenji Tabata, 67, of Rockside Drive, died unexpectedly, Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2003 at Glens Falls Hospital. He was the beloved husband of Barbara H. Werner Tabata.

Born July 16, 1936 in Long Beach, Calif., he was the son of the late George and Asa Tanamachi Tabata, both Japanese immigrants. He spent several years with his family in Japanese relocation camps, first at the Santa Anita Race Track and then in a camp in Jerome, Ark. In September 1943, the family moved to Cleveland. William graduated from John Marshall High School in Cleveland, where he excelled both academically and in sports, and then earned a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering from Perdue University. He went to work at National Committee for Aeronautic Lewis Propulsion Research Laboratory in Cleveland. In October 1958, NACA was transformed into NASA and William worked for NASA for 43 years until his retirement in 1998. In 1961 he received his master’s degree from the California Institute of Technology.

One of his projects brought him to Latham and he discovered the Batten Kill River, famous for its fly fishing. After his retirement, he and his wife Barbara, whom he had married in 1989, moved to Cambridge mainly so that he could be near the Batten Kill. He spent five happy years there indulging in his passion for fishing.

He is pre-deceased by a brother, George Tabata.

Besides his wife, he is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, David and Dawn Tabata; two grandchildren; a son, James Tabata of Cleveland; his first wife, Joan Tabata of Cleveland; a step-daughter, her husband, Teresa and Tim Kraska and children all of Wellington, Fla.; a step-son and his wife, Michael and Deborah Werner and daughter of Rotterdam; a sister-in-law, Lenore Tabata and nieces and their families all of California.

Friends and relatives are invited to call on Saturday, Nov. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Ackley & Ross Funeral Home, 73 West Main St., Cambridge.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, Nov. 9, 2003 at 12:30 p.m. at the Embury United Methodist Church, 41 East Main St., Cambridge.

The family requests memorial donations be made to the Salem Fish and Rod Club, P.O. Box 92, Salem, NY or the Cambridge Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 52, Cambridge, NY 12816.
Published in Bennington Banner on Nov. 8, 2003
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