Born in Johnstown, PA. He enlisted in the Army after graduating from Johnstown High School in 1949. He served as a Staff Sergeant, 7th Infantry Tank Battalion in Korea.
After his Honorable Discharge from the Army, he attended the University of Pittsburgh and graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Metallurgical Engineering in 1958. He continued his Masters Program for 8 months but did not complete it due to an employment opportunity in Lockport, IL General Motors. He was later recruited by Jones and Laughlin Steel Corporation to manage the Research Laboratory in Pittsburgh, PA.
He retired from LTV Steel Company (formerly Jones and Laughlin Steel Corporation) after 30 years, employed in management as Director of Environmental Control. Bill was appointed the chief spokesperson during the merger on all Environmental issues relating to the EPA, State and local groups, including Group against Smog and Pollution. He also assisted in the development of the "Clean Air Act". With his work, Bill made many trips to Washington, D.C. and Harrisburg, PA. Along with his other duties he oversaw the shut down of Aliquippa Works, where over 10,000 employees were laid off. He then implemented the Labor and Management Participation Training (LMPT) Program to train as many employees as possible who spent their lifetime working in the steel industry to be considered for other positions in other corporations.
Bill participated in the implementation of the program in Environmental Policy and Management at Harvard University. Executive Programs in Health Policy and Management. School of Public Health, John F. Kennedy School of Government. He spent several weeks on a quarterly basis, attending meetings and continued to be a participant until he retired in 1990.
Having served as the Treasurer of the American Iron and Steel Institute, he was appointed by the AISI to be an ambassador to a special educational exchange of Environmental Knowledge to the Soviet Union and the US. He made special trips to both the Soviet Union and Ukraine during this time. To this day the program is still in existence.
Bill was an avid skier, serving as the President and Treasurer of the Pittsburgh Ski Club, as well as being a President of the Western Ski Council. Bill spent over 28 years on the Blue Knob Ski Patrol, as a Senior Member and Toboggan Handler Trainer.
He played baseball on his Home Town league as a pitcher. He was even the local paper being called
"Lazy Lefty Wilson pitches another no hitter." According to his close friends his pitching days were over when he enlisted in the Army. He could have made it to the minors.
He is well known for his quick wit and entertaining friends with a Limerick, as he was considered a Limerist. Bill Loved to read Civil War novels as well as Shakespeare. He loved the opera and jazz. He was also a gourmet cook and loved to entertain with his delicious meals.
Bill is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Diann (Wall) Wilson, his daughter Ann (Wilson) Saam, a granddaughter, Maddie Samm, his Son-in-Law, Michael Samm. He is also survived by his brothers, Ron and Alan Wilson. And Sisters-in-Law, Kathy Wall, Nancy Wall Moniger and Carol Wilson. His Brothers-in-Laws, Jimmy Moniger, James Wall and William Wall. He is survived by his long time friends, Jamie Parker and Paula Levings. Bill is also survived by his many loving nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life was held on April 22, 2023 at his home.
A Military Burial with honors will be held at the National Memorial of Arizona, on June 6th 2023.
In lieu of flowers: please send donations to Ignite Counseling and Psychotherapy for the Trauma Abused Veterans. 2626 E AZ Biltmore Circle #24 Phoenix, AZ 85016