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April 18, 2013

Industry Loss - William 'Captain Bill' Siegel Moves On

Industry Loss - William 'Captain Bill' Siegel Moves On
The Siegel Family and Staff of PACE, Incorporated regret to announce that William (Captain Bill) Siegel, passed away peacefully on March 11, 2013.

Bill was raised in Brooklyn, NY. He joined the US Army and served in Europe as a buck sergeant in the 115th AAA Gun Battalion (mobile) attached to Patton's Third Army. As Communications Chief he supervised and instructed 14 men charged with coding and decoding secret documents and the installation, operation and maintenance of radio and telephone equipment.

He participated in major campaigns in WWII including the invasion at Normandy (Omaha Beach), the Battles of the Bulge and Rhineland. In 2013, he received, along with other deserving WWII veterans, the Legion of Honor medal for his brave, unselfish service in the liberation of France and Europe.

After the war, he attended Brooklyn College and CCNY on the GI Bill and earned a degree in mechanical engineering. After working his way up as a machinist and sales representative, he founded Pace, Incorporated in 1958, dedicated to providing comprehensive solutions for the assembly, rework and repair of electronics.

Among his many innovations, Bill invented the first self-contained, in-line, vacuum desoldering tool which revolutionized the electronics rework and repair industry.

Bill's engaging personality, creativity and drive inspired so many others to excel as he did, and is widely considered the Father of Circuit Board Rework and Repair by the industry he helped create. Many individuals built successful businesses and lives as a result of working with Bill and PACE.

As a Pace rep in New England back in the late 1970's, Bill had a profound impact on me personally. He is one of the most impressive people I've came across in this industry and I will miss his inquisitive and engaging presence.

More information: http://www.paceworldwide.com/news/2013/04/bill-siegel-paces-founder-died-march-11-2013

Jeff Ferry, Publisher