William "Bill" Boeing ’42 (1922-2015) was the only son of William E. Boeing, Sr., founder of the Boeing Aircraft Company an American multinational aerospace and defense corporation which was established in 1916, a year before the start of World War I, the first ever aviation war. Throughout the war, Boeing Sr. supplied the U.S. Navy with seaplanes which were capable of water landings.
Boeing planes not only ferried people, they made the first airmail flight for the United States Post Office on July 1, 1927. In 1929, Boeing Sr. combined United Aircraft, Pratt & Whitney engines, Sirkorsky Helicopters and Hamilton Standard Propellers to form The Boeing Company. By 1933, the revolutionary Boeing 247 was introduced, the first truly modern airliner and passenger plane. The early airmail companies owned by the Boeing Company were merged into what became United Airlines. Boeing, Sr. served as the first Chairman of that corporation. In 1934, Boeing Sr. sold his shares and left the company that continued to innovate and bear his name. He is honored with a place in the National Aviation Hall of Fame. Today, Boeing is among the largest global aircraft manufacturers by revenue, orders and deliveries, and the third largest aerospace and defense contractor in the world based on defense-related revenue. Boeing is also one of the largest export businesses in the United States.
At Webb, Bill Jr. was an Honor Committeeman, earned several varsity letters and was a short-wave radio enthusiast.
Sponsored by the Robert ’53 and MeiLi Hefner Foundation and offered here at Webb to two current students, The Hefner Initiative aims to foster a close and positive relationship between the people of China and the US. This extraordinary 12-day summer program includes travel this year to Beijing and Suzhou—allowing for living/learning opportunities with host students and families.
Shyam Arya '18 and Ellie Canty '18 have been accepted to present a poster at the National American Chemical Society conference in New Orleans in March 2019--an extremely rare honor for high school students.
It’s November 2nd and the College Guidance office is quiet this morning—nothing like the last few days when countless numbers of panicked seniors were popping in to get their essays looked at one last time before pressing “submit.”