June 16, 1935 - April 19, 2021 William Stanley King (Bill) was born in Monroe Louisiana, June 16th, 1935 to Jessie Lee Wilson and John R. King. Bill received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the U.C. Berkeley. He received his Master's in Mathematics/Physics and his PhD in Applied Mathematics/Physics and Engineering from U.C.L.A. He had a background of over 40 years of aerospace engineering and was recognized nationally as an expert in the field of fluid mechanics. He worked at Rockwell International (Rocketdyne Division), Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo and the Rand Corporation. Bill was an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. While working at the above research institutions, he also worked part-time in the Mathematics Departments at Santa Monica Community College and Los Angeles City College. He taught math, fluid mechanics and heat transfer at U.C.L.A. and California State University at Northridge. Bill was a member of Holman United Methodist Church where he remained an active member of the Holman United Methodist Men group. He was a lifetime and active member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, (Gamma Alpha 1955). He was also a member of Sigma Xi, the scientific research honor society. Bill met Velma D. Mc Gowan while both were students at University of California at Berkeley. They were married on October 12, 1958. Bill and Velma had two children, William Douglas, and Vanessa Suzanne. He was extremely happy to have become a grandfather to Lucia Vanessa and Suzanne Kristine, William's, and Alejandra's daughters. Bill was diagnosed with laryngeal cancer in 2019 and had a total laryngectomy in 2019. He continued to fight and enjoy his life the best as he could until his laryngeal cancer reoccurred. Bill passed at home with his wife, son, and daughter in law by his side. Bill will be missed by many family and friends. He was special and he was a good man. His love for us and our love for him will remain in our hearts forever. Funeral services will be held on May 8th 2021 at 11:30 am at Cypress Lawn Memorial Park, Colma, CA
Published in Los Angeles Times on May 2, 2021.