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ARRL Special Bulletin ARLX010 (1995)

ARLX010 Bill Grenfell, W4GF, SK
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Special Bulletin 10  ARLX010
>From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT  January 31, 1995
To all radio amateurs 
ARLX010 Bill Grenfell, W4GF, SK
Bill Grenfell, W4GF, SK
William S. Grenfell, W4GF, a former chief of the FCC's Amateur
Branch and former chief of the Amateur Service Section, died January
27, 1995, in Vienna, Virginia.  He was 82 years old.
Grenfell worked for the FCC from 1940 until retiring in 1971, except
for several years in the US Navy during World War II.  After
graduating from Oregon State College with a BS degree in electrical
engineering in 1935, he worked for the State of Oregon until joining
the FCC's Seattle office as an assistant monitoring officer in the
FCC Radio Intelligence Division in 1940.
Following the war, Grenfell returned to the FCC as a radio engineer.
In 1952 he became chief of the Amateur Branch and Amateur Service
Section; from 1962 until 1966 he was chief of the FCC Rules and
Standards Branch of the Amateur and Citizens Division; and he was
chief of the Rules and Legal Branch of the Amateur and Citizens
Division from 1966 until retiring in 1971.
An FCC news release announcing Bill Grenfell's retirement called him
''a practicing (amateur) operator for almost 41 years'' (he was first
licensed in high school) and cited his contesting achievements.
After retiring he wrote columns for the Washington, DC-area Amateur
Radio publication ''Auto-Call'' and also for WorldRadio.
W4GF's memberships and awards are nearly too numerous to list.  He
was an ARRL life member, a Quarter Century Wireless Association life
member, a fellow of the Radio Club of America, and a member and
former president of the Potomac Valley Radio Club.  He was a
licensed pilot and regularly flew his plane to the Dayton
Bill Grenfell died after an illness of several years.  His wife,
Bernece, died earlier, and he leaves no close survivors.


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