William Frank Babcock

William Frank Babcock, 78, formerly of Akron, OH., died June 27, 2013, in his home in Indianapolis, IN. Bill was born

June 25, 1935, in Chicago, Illinois to the late Rosemary and Charles Babcock. He was preceded in death by his brothers, John and Peter Babcock.

Bill is survived by his sister, Henrietta Babcock of Evergreen, Colorado; his beloved wife of 55 years, Connie; daughters, Anne (Scott) Main of Bowling Green, OH, Cathy Babcock (Jeff Bates), of Indianapolis, IN.; son, Michael (Sue) Babcock of Richmond, VA.; and grandsons, Sean Kogge of Los Angeles, CA., and Eric Kogge of Oxford, OH.

Bill was a man of many talents and interests, whose enthusiasm in the fields of gardening, woodworking, art, writing, and magic will live on through his family and friends. As an avid gardener, Bill shared his plants, knowledge, and expertise with his adult children whose gardens will forever reflect his influence. He was an outdoorsman who loved to hike, camp, and "collect bugs." He was an expert lepidopterist and traveled often to Ohio's state parks and the West to search for moths and butterflies. Bill was a perfectionist in everything he did, and as a young man his interest and mastery of magic tricks led him to a brief career as a magician, performing at local Chicago parties and celebrations. Bill became interested in woodworking and crafted beautifully artistic furniture for his home. He was also a talented writer who enjoyed sharing his wisdom and advice with his children and grandchildren. He left a detailed memoir, complete with old family photos, which will be cherished forever by his family.

He graduated with a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Illinois and had a long and successful career as an industrial designer. He began his work with Peter Muller Munk in Pittsburgh, PA., and later moved to Akron, OH. to accept a position with F. Eugene Smith Associates. Bill and a partner later merged to create their own company, Babcock & Schmid Associates, the recipients of numerous awards and recognition in the world of design.

Donations can be made to: AFTD, 290 King of Prussia Road, Building 2 Suite 320, Radnor, PA. 19087

Online: www.theaftd.org

Published in Akron Beacon Journal on July 7, 2013