August 6, 2007 + Bill Morewood + (updated: 8/31/07)
William Henry Morewood (Bill), age 86, formerly of Pennington, NJ, died at Attleboro Nursing Center, Langhorne, PA on Monday, August 6, 2007.
Born in Rosemont, PA, May 15, 1921, Bill graduated from Haverford School (1939) and Cornell University (1943) with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He served in the US Navy as a Lieutenant from 1943 to 1946. Bill then began an engineering career highlighted by his efforts that introduced laser disk technology, precursor to the CDs and DVDs in use today. Taking early “retirement” from RCA Sarnoff Research in 1975, Bill designed and patented the Winsford Feeder, a machine that has granted almost 2,000 paralyzed individuals the freedom to feed them selves. An active member of NJ and PA Live Steam engine clubs, Bill’s hobby led him to author the book, “Building the Raritan.” This publication and his magazine writings inspired hundreds of hobbyists, and Live Steam Magazine honored Bill with a national award to recognize his contribution in promoting the Live Steam hobby.
Son of the late Francis and Caroline Rhodes Morewood, brother of the late Elizabeth Evans, Bill is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Ruth D. Morewood; three children, John Morewood (Patti) of San Jose CA; Sharon Schley of Titusville NJ; Kristina Schvejda (Dennis) of North Haledon, NJ; and two grandsons, Brad Agius (Amanda) of Hampden, ME; Stephen Agius (Erin) of Unity ME; a niece and three nephews residing with their families in Canada.
An 11:00 Memorial Service, Saturday August 18, will be held at the Pennington Presbyterian Church, 13 South Main St., Pennington. Interment will be private in the Pennington Cemetery. There will be no calling hours.
Memorial contributions in Bill’s name me be made to the Salvation Army, Planned Giving Program, Box 160, Corning, NY 14830 or the Pennington Presbyterian Church, 13 S. Main St., Pennington, NJ 08534. For further information or to send a condolence, please visit www.wilsonapple.com.