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Bill Seidle, Animal Science Class of 1953 alum, farmer and nuclear engineer, dies at 85

Posted by struscott | March 13, 2015

William Carter “Bill” Seidle, Class of 1953, has died at age 85.

Seidle, of Arlington, Texas, formerly of Kennewick, Wash., died November 6, 2014. He was born May 26, 1929, in Seattle.

William Seidle
William Seidle, above in his senior class photo in the then-Washington State College 1953 Chinook yearbook.

At Washington State University, he studied animal science under one of his favorite professors, Dr. M.E. Ensminger, head of that department from 1941 until 1962. Seidle was a part of the Sigma Chi fraternity, also joining Alpha Zeta, an honorary, professional society for students and industry professionals in the agriculture and natural resources fields. He was also a proud member of the university’s student executive council.

Seidle worked his family’s farm during his college days.

“He did love the land,” commented Seidle’s wife, Vivian, in a letter to the CAHNRS Alumni office. “When his father died in 1952, he inherited 100 acres in Kennewick, raising alfalfa, living with his widowed mother, Hazel.”

After college, Seidle joined the U.S. Army and served for two years, honorably leaving service in 1955.

As a professional nuclear engineer for more than 25 years, he worked for General Electric, the Atomic Energy Commission and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
You can read his full obituary.