Bill Wickline, sometimes known as “Wick,” died on Feb. 23, 2007. He was 80. Bill joined RCA in 1976 and became a Fellow in 1985. He let his membership expire a few years ago, so I don’t know whether RCA will record his passing, but I want to. Not that RCA wouldn’t want to, but I’m not sure the Club has a consistent way to offer such information about former members.
Bill was one of the most interesting and genuinely friendly people I met on the trade show circuit. We stayed in touch after he retired. A few years ago I had the pleasure of visiting with him, his wife and son at their home in Mentor, Ohio, when I was on a road trip. His manner of speaking, which for lack of a better word, I’ll describe as “clipped,” allows me to remember the distinctive sound of his voice. He not only shared his wit and humor with me via email and telephone calls, he looked after my political well-being, too, if you know what I mean.
A graduate from Case Institute of Technology in 1950, Bill apparently never had to leave the Cleveland area for employment, although he served in the Army Air Corps in World War II and in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. In Cleveland, he worked for Parker-Hannifin Corp. as a senior engineer; for Booz, Allen & Hamilton as an engineer and consultant; as director of engineering for Antenna Specialists, and as president of Kathrein Inc. until his retirement in 1992.
Bill was a member of IEEE, ASME and SAE. He held four U.S. patents in the fields of hydraulics and pneumatics. He wrote a number of papers about antennas and radio-wave propagation.
Bill was born in Gallia County, Ohio. He married Elva Epaves, and they had four children. He is survived by Elva and sons William A. Jr.; Gregory and wife Nancy; Paul and wife Joan; and Matthew and wife Marcy Hardart. He was a grandfather of nine and great-grandfather of three.