Wil­liam Ben­nett Re­tal­lick of West Ch­ester

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - OBITUARIES -

Wil­liam Ben­nett Re­tal­lick passed away on Septem­ber 8, 2016.

He is sur­vived by his wife of 67 years, Kathryn Re­tal­lick, and daugh­ter Martha Re­tal­lick.

Born in Yonkers, New York, and raised in nearby Pel­ham, he was an en­gi­neer and in­ven­tor who held more than 40 patents.

Wil­liam at­tended the Mas­sachusetts In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy and the United States Coast Guard Acad­emy, and earned a BS in Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing from the Univer­sity of Michi­gan and a PhD in Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing, with a Ge­ol­ogy mi­nor, from the Univer­sity of Illi­nois.

Dur­ing the fi­nal months of World War II, he served as a Mer­chant Ma­rine of­fi­cer on a ship bring­ing Amer­i­can troops home from France. The ship went on to Cal­cutta and loaded with troops from the China-Burma-In­dia Theater. This trip cir­cled the world, from New York to Los An­ge­les.

Wil­liam’s fi­nal trip was on a Vic­tory Ship, to Tientsin, Shang­hai, and Hong Kong. With this back­ground, he was com­mis­sioned as an En­sign in the US Naval Re­serve in 1946. He re­mained in the Naval Re­serve for 15 years.

Wil­liam was one of three co-founders of an Ohiobased man­u­fac­turer that is now part of John­son Matthey Process Tech­nolo­gies. His in­dus­trial ex­pe­ri­ence also in­cluded re­search and man­age­ment po­si­tions at Oxy Cat­a­lyst, Air Prod­ucts and Chem­i­cals, Pitts­burgh Con­sol­i­da­tion Coal, and Phillips Pe­tro­leum, and pri­vate con­sult­ing.

An ac­tive mem­ber of the West Ch­ester com­mu­nity, Wil­liam was a mem­ber of the West­town-Goshen Ro­tary Club and the Church of the Holy Trin­ity. Around his neigh­bor­hood, he en­joyed a decades-long rep­u­ta­tion as a mile-a-day run­ner, rain or shine.

A memo­rial ser­vice will be held at the Church of the Holy Trin­ity, 212 South High Street, West Ch­ester, on Tues­day, Septem­ber 20 at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flow­ers, the Re­tal­lick fam­ily re­quests that you make a con­tri­bu­tion to your fa­vorite char­ity.

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