William Edward Boeing was an aviation pioneer, founder of The Boeing Company.
His father, who arrived in the United States in 1868, had come from an old and well-to-do family in Hohenlimburg, Germany.
Boeing was born in Detroit, Michigan to a wealthy German mining engineer named Wilhelm Böing who had made a fortune developing large low-grade taconite iron ore deposits and who had a sideline as a timber merchant.
William Boeing died on September 27, 1956, at the age of 74 from a heart attack aboard his yacht. His ashes were scattered off the coast of British Columbia, where he spent much of his time sailing.
He was sent to school in Vevey, Switzerland, where he established an outward correctness that remained with him for the rest of his life. Young Boeing left Vevey after a year and continued his schooling in public and private schools in the United States.
In 1903 he decided to go into the lumber side of the business.
In 1916, Boeing went into business with George Conrad Westervelt as B & W and founded the Pacific Aero, which was renamed to Boeing Airplane Company in 1917 and obtained orders from the United States Navy for 50 planes.
In 1921 William Boeing married Bertha Marie Paschall and became a step-father to her sons. The couple had a son of their own, William E. Boeing Jr.
William Boeing left the aviation industry in 1934, returning in World War II to assist in fulfilling the vast military production requirements. Although he was active in the aviation scene for only 18 years, few men in history have contributed so much to a single industry.
Sport & Clubs
Yacht clubs:Seattle Yacht; Royal Vancouver Yacht; Pacific Union (San Francisco); Chicago (Chicago); California (Los Angeles); Links (N.Y.); Rainier (Seattle)
Married Bertha Potter Paschall, September 27, 1921.
Awarded Daniel Guggenheim medal for the year 19Awarded Daniel Guggenheim medal for the year 1934, “for successful pioneering and achievement in aircraft manufacturing and air transport.” In United States Navy, World War. Lieutenant (junior grade) United States Naval Reserve Force Retired. King County Airport, Seattle, named Boeing Field, 1928.\r\nRecipient award for economics statesmanship Seattle U., 1955.