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In memoriam: Bill Barnes, inventor and engineer

19 August 2011

SPIE Fellow Bill (William P., Jr.) Barnes died 8 August at the age of 85. An engineer at Itek Systems, he was still active in recent years, continuing to assist colleagues with projects for NASA and elsewhere.

Born 12 September 1925 in Wilmington, Delaware, he received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Delaware, and master's degrees from MIT and the Catholic University of America.

During his career he worked at Dupont, Goodyear, Atlantic Research, Itek, and Precision Optics.

In additional to being a Fellow of SPIE since 1978, he was a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and longtime president of the OSA New England section, a Life Member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and a member of the American Academy of Mechanics.

Barnes was the editor of "Reconnaissance and Surveillance Window Design Handbook" for the Air Force Avionics Laboratory, held five U.S. patents, most notably in mirror and laser welding methods, and taught as an adjunct professor at MIT.

He was an enthusiastic sports fan, adept at languages, and a classical music fan, particularly of Mozart.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Phyllis Barnes; daughters Noreen Barnes and husband David McLain, and Kathleen Souhlaris and husband Thom; two grandchildren; and a sister, Mary Patricia Glick, and her family.

Read the obituary from the Boxborough Beacon.