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William Clifton "Bill" Matheson
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Birth: Aug. 17, 1918
Chicago
Cook County
Illinois, USA
Death: Feb. 2, 2002
Millbrae
San Mateo County
California, USA

MATHESON WILLIAM CLIFTON Passed away February 2, 2002, with his family at his side at his home in Millbrae, California. He was 83. "Bill" Matheson is survived by his wife of 60 years, Elizabeth; daughter Ann Elizabeth DeWeese, of Alta Loma; sons Robert William, of Sierra Madre, and James Clifton, of Santa Clara; grandchildren Jennifer Matheson; Gable, Jared, and Elizabeth DeWeese; all of California. Born in Chicago, Illinois, on August 7, 1918, to Clifton Daniel Matheson and Margaret Berg (both of whom died during his childhood), he was raised by his stepmother, Alice B. Matheson, in Rockford, Illinois. In 1940, he graduated cum laude from Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin (where he lettered in swimming). He began learning the "industrial heat processing" business and went to work for Eclipse Fuel Engineering Company of Rockford. The following year he married his childhood sweetheart, Elizabeth. they moved to California in 1942 and, with an office in San Francisco, Bill became the Eclipse representative for Northern California, Hawaii, Nevada, and Idaho. In November, 1943, he answered his country's call to military service and was commissioned an officer in the U.S. Navy. After an intensive nine-month study of Aerological Engineering at New York University and follow-on study at Scripps Institute of Oceanography in La Jolla, California, he was sent to the South Pacific where he became a weather and ocean forecaster on the staff of Admiral Chester Nimitz on Guam in the Northern Mariana Islands. There he supervised the collection and distribution of weather reports to and from shore sites and ships at sea. His primary assignment was to forecast weather and ocean swells at Guam's Apra Harbor, thus insuring the safety of ships transiting the harbor, as well as the safety of the construction battalion that was building a seawall to protect the harbor. After separation from active duty, LTJG Matheson returned to San Francisco and reestablished the W.C. Matheson Company. In addition to Eclipse, he expanded to represent the Dispatch Oven Company of Minneapolis, and other equipment manufacturers. Business thrived in the post-WWII years as he designed and installed ovens, furnaces, boilers and driers for clients like Hewlett-Packard, IBM, FMC Corporation, and General Electric. a California State-certified Mechanical Engineer, Bill was active in ASM, the American Society for Metals. He was selected chairman of the Golden Gate chapter of ASM for 1956. The company later moved to South San Francisco and then, as the business became a semi-retirement pastime, to Millbrae. Millbrae has been home to the Matheson family for 50 years. During those years Bill was an avid fisherman, hunter, bird-watcher, and above all...a golfer, and proud of his five holes-in-one. He and his wife joined Green Hills Country Club in 1968, and ever since "The Club" has been the center of an active social life they've enjoyed with countless close and caring friends. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made to Mission Hospice, 151 West 20th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403, or to the cancer research organization of your choice. Friends are invited to attend a memorial service at the CHAPEL OF THE HIGHLANDS, El Camino Real at Millwood Drive in Millbrae, beginning at 11:00 a.m. on February 9, 2002.

Alameda Times-Star 2/6/02.
 
 
Burial:
Unknown
 
Created by: Travelingal
Record added: Feb 19, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 24742038
 

God bless...rest in peace.
- Travelingal
 Added: Feb. 19, 2008
 
 
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