He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Patricia P. Samuels and five sons, Nelson, Steuart, Edwin, Kyle and, Warren as well as ten grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He passed away peacefully in his Los Altos Hills home with Pat at his side. Bill was born in Annapolis, Maryland and grew up on the Severn River near the Chesapeake Bay. He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1935 and served in the U S Navy as a lieutenant commander for 26 years. He commanded three destroyers in World War II and the Korean War. Bill never lost a ship or a sailor and probably found the longest route across the Atlantic, zig zaging, to safely deliver Convoys to their destinations.
After retiring from the navy he attended the University of Utah, Stanford and taught at Cupertino High School for 18 years. He worked summers as a Tennis instructor in the Los Altos area. Bill enjoyed numerous sports including golf, skiing and tennis.
He was loved by his family and many friends and will be sorely missed.