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William Longenecker "Bill" Herbert

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HERBERT William "Bill" Longenecker Herbert, 87. Born December 1, 1924, Lawrenceburg, Indiana. Died March 15, 2012, Grandview Heights, Ohio. Preceded in death by wife Ursula, mother Mabel, father Frank, brother Robert, cousins Harold and Jack Addison. Survived by daughters, Angela Herbert, Columbus, OH and Janet Herbert, Portland, OR; sons, Mark (Kari) Bend, OR, Christopher, Denver, CO, Bill (Cindy) Portland, OR; sister-in-law, Clara Giordano, Webster, NY; brother-in-law, Augie (Tina) Cenname, Columbus, OH; brother, Frank (Claudia), Houston, TX. Bill Herbert lived a rich life of the mind, immersing himself over the years in numerous intellectual pursuits: black walnut tree cultivation, Civil War history, stock market index options, chess. He savored memories of his youth, fishing and camping along the Whitewater River, Dearborn County, Indiana, and was a fan of the Cincinnati Reds. Serving with the 487th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force in WWII as an aircraft radar technician at Lavenham RAF, England, Bill fondly recalled raising a glass of scotch with locals in celebration of V-E Day. Educated in electrical engineering at Ohio State University, he worked in the coal, nuclear and semiconductor industries. A longtime member of the Columbus Astronomical Society, Bill was well known among local astronomy enthusiasts for his expertise as a first-rate amateur telescope mirror maker, and for 10 years operated a workshop in his home, advising makers on optics techniques. The Bill Herbert Mirror Lab at Perkins Observatory, Ohio Wesleyan University, is named in his honor. Bill particularly enjoyed the company of his five children, neighbors and kindred spirits who shared his interests. At a future date, Bill's family will host a star party and celebration of his life; attendance will be by invitation only. In Bill's memory, donations may be made to the Museum of Biological Diversity, Ohio State University, 1315 Kinnear Road, Columbus, OH. 43212. Fund Number 305368.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Mar. 17, 2012
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