ENGLISH Dr. WILLIAM JOSEPH ENGLISH (Age 75) Of Derwood, MD passed away peacefully at home on July 27, 2017 following treatment for a pulmonary embolism. He is survived by his beloved wife of 39 years, Dr. Cecelia (Bronder) English; his son Dr. William E. English and wife Robin (Leed); daughter Cecelia R. English, Nurse Practitioner; and son Dr. Timothy S. English. Also surviving are his sisters Diane Turner, Susan English, and Nancy Guth and husband Dwight, and his brothers Stephen English and wife Patti and Tom English. His brother Rev. Robert English preceded him in death. Born in November of 1941 in Oil City, PA, "Bill" was the son of the late William F. English and Arlene C. (Eisenman) English and the eldest of their seven children. He attended St. Joseph's High School in Oil City and St. Vincent College in Latrobe, PA, followed by graduate studies at Carnegie Mellon University, where he received a PhD in Applied Space Sciences. Bill worked in the satellite antenna division at COMSAT Labs before a long career at INTELSAT in Washington, DC, where he served as Director of Spacecraft Engineering. While at INTELSAT he developed and patented a method enabling satellites and earth stations with different antenna polarizations to communicate with one another. In later years, he returned to COMSAT World Systems as a Principal Engineer where he served as the US Signatory's Representative on the Technical Committee of the INTELSAT Board of Governors. Throughout his career, he enjoyed many long-lasting friendships with colleagues worldwide. Bill was an avid hunter and fisherman, passions that he shared with his children and many close friends. He frequently travelled to Henry's Bend, PA, to hunt, celebrate special occasions with relatives, and fish the tributaries of the Allegheny River. He had a gifted intellect and read widely, often forwarding articles of interest to friends and family. A devoted husband and father, he was a generous provider and proud of the achievements of his children, whom he enjoyed visiting as their careers took them around the globe. Bill will be remembered in particular for his humor, storytelling, and selfless generosity. Visitation will take place on Friday, August 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Reinsel Funeral Home in Oil City, 116 Bissell Ave. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, August 5th at 10 a.m. at St. Stephen's Church in Oil City, preceded by visitation at the church from 9 to 9:45 a.m. and followed by a luncheon. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Bill's memory to Easterseals of Western and Central Pennsylvania, St. Vincent College, or Trout Unlimited. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Bill's memory to Easterseals of Western and Central Pennsylvania, St. Vincent College, or Trout Unlimited.
Published in The Washington Post on Aug. 2, 2017.