William H. Weigle

1952 - 2001

In Memoriam

Bill Weigle was one of the founding Directors of the L5 Society, and his name was often found in the L5 News during its early years.

Born December 21, 1952 in Nashville, TN, died April 11, 2001 in Tucson, Arizona. Bill graduated from Atherton High School in Louisville, KY, moving to Tucson in 1969 to attend the University of Arizona. He was on the Student Union Activities Board, had a pilots license and was a member of the Flying Club, and graduated with a degree in Public Administration. He remained in Tucson, working 25 years for Southern Pacific, for two years chairing their United Way campaign, raising over $100,000. Besides being a founding Director of the L5 Society, Bill was President of the Tucson Space Society and Chairman of the 19th Annual International Space Development Conference, held in Tucson in May of 2000.

On April 14, 2001, a memorial service for Bill was held in the Flandrau Planetarium in Tucson, where family and friends spoke and give their personal tribute to Bill. David Fitzsimmons, the editorial cartoonist for the Arizona Daily Star known as Fitz, provided this cartoon:
Bill Weigle by David Fitzsimmons

Ron, Trudy and Bill in 1985
Ron Jones, Trudy E. Bell, and Bill Weigle at an American Astronautical Society meeting in 1985.
Photo by Bill Ganoe.

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In every sense of the words, he was a True Pioneer of the Space Movement.
He had the heart of an explorer.

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