William Duncan Cameron, 87 of Rancho Santa Fe, California, passed away Friday, August 17, 2012. He was born June 14, 1925, in Harold, North Carolina.|
He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Betty Gibson Cameron; his son, Phillip MacDonald Cameron and wife, Melissa Taylor Cameron; two grandsons, Duncan MacDonald Cameron and Chase Alden Cameron of Rancho Santa Fe, California; daughter, Colleen Cameron of Boerne, Texas; brother, Col. Paul A. Cameron Jr., USAF-RET; and sisters, Mary Ida Jackson, Lynn Bland and Helen Whitaker Warren.
Mr. Cameron served in World War II in the 8th Air Force, 91st Bomb Group of the U.S. Forces as a tail gunner on a B-17 with his missions flown over Germany. He is a Charter Member of the National World War II Museum.
Mr. Cameron graduated from Duke University in 1947 and was a member of the Half Century Club of Duke University in recognition of the interest and loyalty manifested in sustaining and forwarding the standards of his Alma Mater the past fifty years. He was founding partner and Chairman Emeritus of Reef Industries, Inc. of Houston, Texas. He served as a member of Young Presidents Organization and World Business Organization of Houston, Texas; member of Houston Rotary Club; President for seven years of the Board of Directors of Trinity Episcopal School of Galveston, Texas; and member of the President's Cabinet of the University of Texas Medical Branch of Galveston, Texas.
Services will be held at Forest Park East Funeral Home on Tuesday, August 28, 2012. Visitation is at 11:30am and funeral service at 12:30pm. Pallbearers are Troy Taylor, Retired Galveston Country Sheriff Joe Max Taylor, Dr. Chet Hawkins, Caryle Stakes, Robert Falgout, James Little, Malcolm Mencacci, Matt Seinsheimer, and Johnny Smecca. Honorary Pallbearers are Dr. Herbert M. Seybold, The Honorable Frank Sheppard, Richard I. Gibson, and Edward Webster.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to: USO-HOUSTON, 14657 Sneider St., Bldg. 1056, Suite 109, Houston, Texas 77034 or San Diego Hospice, 4311 3rd Avenue, San Diego, California 92103-9850.
Published in the Rancho Santa Fe Review on Aug. 30, 2012