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William B. Jameson


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William B. Jameson Obituary
1927 - 2015 A man of integrity who valued honesty, fairness and warmth in people he met from all walks of life. William B. ('Bill') Jameson, 88, passed away on December 25, 2015 surrounded by family at home in Palos Verdes Estates, CA. We honor his life on this one-year anniversary. Bill was born near Pittsburgh, PA, in July 1927 and moved to Bethlehem, PA where sister Molly was born. He graduated from Liberty High in 1944. For many years the family enjoyed a vacation home at the Lake Paupac Club in PA, most recently visiting for a family reunion in summer 2015. Bill attended Swarthmore College, PA for a year before serving as a dry land seaman first class with the Navy. On his return, he earned a BA in Civil Engineering in 1949. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta, Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Xi. At Swarthmore, he met Christine Meyers, his lifelong love and best friend. They married at the Merion Friends Meeting, PA in 1950. Bill and Chris had three children and were together for more than 61 years until her death in July 2011. Bill joined Bethlehem Steel Co. in 1949 as a management trainee, living in Annapolis, MD and Bethlehem, PA before moving to Palos Verdes Estates, CA in 1954. He led construction on a new Fabricating Works in Torrance, CA and remained as Manager until 1962. A promotion took them to Pottstown, PA until 1969 when he returned to CA as Manager of the Torrance works until its closure in 1977. He joined Pacific Smelting Corp. from 1978-89, then Temcor from 1990-93. Bill built a reputation as a fair and honest manager who led those around him to achieve their best. Bill was active in his community throughout his life including many years with the Rotary, Torrance Chamber of Commerce, Advisory Board for the Salvation Army and the Boy Scouts of America. As Senior Warden for St. Francis Episcopal Church in Palos Verdes, Bill led their search for a new Rector in the late 80s. After his retirement, Bill and Chris enjoyed off-road trips in their Land Rover, exploring geology, ancient petroglyphs and historical sites throughout the southwestern US, regularly visiting Anza Borrego, Death Valley and hiking in Joshua Tree National Park. Bill supported his wife Chris's continuing work as a docent at LACMA and they travelled to Iran, Turkey, and Spain to view examples of Islamic art and architecture. A true engineer, Bill enjoyed puzzles of all sorts including daily sudoku, crosswords and fixing things. Bill was known to all for his positive attitude, civic responsibility, care for people of diverse backgrounds, broad-ranging interests and acute intellect. He was an uncompromisingly honest man, with an infectious sense of humor. His remarkable life has been an inspiration to us all. We loved him while he was with us and we love him still. Bill is survived by son Bill & Darlene, daughter Patricia, son Bob & Michele, grandchildren Peter, John & Lucy, Paul & Amanda, Marie & Jason, James, Christina & Joshua, and great-grandchildren, Phoenix, Anna and Elizabeth. A private memorial gathering was held in the family home.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Dec. 23 to Dec. 25, 2016
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