William R. Prindle
Dr. William ("Bill") R. Prindle passed away on Dec. 29, 2016 in Santa Barbara. He was born in San Francisco on Dec. 19, 1926 of parents Dr. Harriette Nickerson and Dr. Vivian Arthur Prindle, both dentists, but grew up in Oakland California. During World War II, he was in the V12 Navy program and was sent to the University of California, Berkeley. He earned his B.S. and M.S. in physical metallurgy from the University of California. He moved east and got his Sc.D. in ceramic engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Bill had an illustrious career in the fields of glass, ceramics, and materials research and development. He worked at the Hazel-Atlas Glass Division of Continental Can Company, American Optical Company, Ferro Corporation, the National Materials Advisory Board (a unit of the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences), and Corning International. He retired from Corning in 1992 as Division Vice President and Associate Director, Technology Group. Bill held numerous professional offices and received many prizes for his dedicated work for the profession. Bill was a Distinguished Life Member and Fellow of the American Ceramic Society and was President of the Society 1980-1981. In 1983 he received the Phoenix Award as Glass Man of the Year. He was also president of the International Commission on Glass, 1985-1988, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. After he retired from Corning, he settled in Santa Barbara, California, where he lived until his death. Bill was an avid reader who was interested in family genealogy, and loved to travel. He was a good man, kind, generous and friendly to all. He will be dearly missed by family and friends. His parents and his first wife June Anderson predeceased him. He is survived by his wife Jeanne, son Will, daughter Carol, son-in-law Ahmad, brother and sister-in-law Bob and Joyce, grandson Sam, nephew and niece Ian and Robin, and stepchildren Jane, William, and Abbie and their children. There will be a celebration of Bill's life on Friday, January 20th at 3pm. It will be held in the lounge at Vista del Monte, 3775 Modoc Road in Santa Barbara.