Tuesday, September 6, 2011

William Valentine

William Valentine, ASHRAE 50 Year Member and president of Valentine, Fisher and Tomlinson until his retirement in 1980, passed away August 14, 2011.

Of all his engineering accomplishments, he was probably proudest of his work on the International Fountain for the 1962 World’s Fair in Seattle. He was able to solve the problem of how to make the water, lights, and music perform together – without the help of computers. Friends still refer to that fountain as “Bill’s Fountain.”

The following obituary appeared in The Seattle Times on August 18:

William VALENTINE October 16, 1915 ~ August 14, 2011 William (Bill) was born in Seattle, attended Garfield High School and The University of Washington.He was the president of Valentine, Fisher and Tomlinson-a Consulting Engineering firm he established in Seattle until his retirement in 1980. He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Flo Valentine. He is survived by his daughter, Kathy Valentine and partner Jani Stonington, son, Tom Valentine, brother, Robert Valentine. He also is survived by his granddaughter, Megan Valentine and nieces Linda McLaughlin, Sherry Gibb andPatty Valentine and nephew, Jim Valentine. A memorial service will be held Saturday August 20th at 4:00p.m. at Flintoft's Funeral Home,540 E. Sunset Way, Issaquah, 425-392-6444. Friends are invited to view photos, get directions and share memories in the family's online guest book at http://www.flintofts.com/.

Donations in Bill’s name may be made to Colie’s Closet, P.O. Box 18776, Boulder, CO 80301 which is an organization that deals with depression and suicide in youth or a charity of your choice.

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