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William Orr "Bill" Swan, III
March 23, 1952 - June 04, 2011




Full Name: William Orr "Bill" Swan, III
Date of Birth: March 23, 1952
Date of Death: June 04, 2011
Country of Birth: United States
Place of Birth: Fredericksburg, VA, USA
Place of Death: Concord, CA, USA
Memberships: Boy Scouts of America, ASHRAE, BACnet International, BIG-EU, EIS Alliance, ISO/TC-205/ WG3, SGIP ("Smart Grid" Interoperability Panel), Anglican Province of Christ the King (Diocese of the Western States).
Biography:

Bill was born in Fredericksburg, Virginia, on Sunday March 23rd, 1952.  Before the tender age of three, Bill had already lived in several different places including Ann Arbor, Michigan, Almogordo, New Mexico and Alexandria, Virginia.  While living in Arlington, Bill was joined by his sister Anne "Sissy", and in Claussen, Michigan, by his sister Virginia "Jinny." Billy loved his sisters and delighted in teasing them frequently.  He spoke fondly of the times he walked Sissy to school.

Bill loved Michigan best of all the places the family lived, especially Midland, where his father, Rev. William Orr Swan, Jr. worked at Dow Chemical and assisted at St. John's Episcopal Church.  Mary stayed home to manage the growing household of active children and to provide a landing pad for Father Swan to rest between jobs.

Bill tells of building the Star Roamer radio from a kit all by himself, and listening to The Hour of Great Music (or was that One Great Hour of Music?) on a local radio station Sunday nights. The theme song was "How Great Thou Art", which he dearly loved. 

The family moved to Sunnyvale, California in 1968 where Bill graduated from Homestead High School.  The famous Apple duo (Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak) were classmates and fellow students in the elctronics lab.  Bill was starry eyed for the space program and nurtured a true desire to fly.  During his years at Foothill College, he managed to sign up for the work experience program.  Bill landed at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California where he worked with scientists on wind tunnel tests of the Space Shuttle.  Every time one of those shuttles went up, Bill's heart filled with joy and pride in his small part of the program.  His supervisor, Charlie Cox, later told him that what Bill experienced through the program is what it was designed to do - inspire future engineers. 

Bill grew up in the church, training and serving as acolyte. Eventually, Bill went away to college and took a break from sacristy duties. After he married, Bill and his wife, Kathy, found themselves deeply involved in their local parish of St Andrew's in Ben Lomond, California.  There Bill took up serving again, and Kathy sang in the choir.  Church was where the couple first met.

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