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William Strozier Goree
June 21, 1935 ~ July 22, 2007

PACIFIC GROVE – William S. Goree, age 72, died Sunday July 22, 2007 at his home after a short, courageous battle with anaplastic thyroid cancer.
   World-renowned for his tremendous contribution to the fields of geophysics and cryogenics, he invented and developed magnetometers which revolutionized the area of paleomagnetism.
   Born June 21, 1935 in Birmingham, AL, Bill was one of three sons of Harriet and Clinton Goree. He left high school to enlist in the Army where he was assigned to the Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit along with his twin brother, Jimmy Goree. Upon leaving the service he enrolled at the University of Florida where he earned three degrees: B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, M.S. in Engineering Mechanics, and Ph.D in Solid State Physics. He moved to California in 1964 to begin his career as Chairman of the Low Temperature Physics Department at Stanford Research Institute. Since 1978, Bill Goree had been designing and producing superconducting rock magnetometers. It had been his great
pleasure and life's achievement to provide these to the geophysics and paleomagnetic community.
   He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Lynn Goree; brother, James Goree; son, Charles Hornisher; daughters, Lauren Keaton and Dana McClain; grandchildren, John Pichotto, Zachary and Scarlet Keaton.
   A memorial service will be held at the Mayflower Church, Pacific Grove, on Sunday, July 29, 2007at 4:00 p.m.
   Memorial contributions may be made to the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, P.O. Box HH, Monterey, CA 93940.
Published in The Monterey Herald on July 27, 2007
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