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Communications company executive

William Ross Ratcliffe, Canadian communications company executive. Member Canada Aeronautical and Space Institute, Society for Information Display.


Ratcliffe, William Ross was born on June 1, 1934 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Son of William James and Jean Slater (Ross) Ratcliffe.


Graduate with honors, Montreal Technology Institute, 1952. Bachelor of Science, Sir George Williams University, Montreal, 1959.


Sales and service supervisor Bendix (Aviation Electrical), Montreal, 1949-1962. Co-founder, vice president Bowmar, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 1962-1973. President Universal Data Machines, Chicago, 1973-1974.

Chairman TKI Technology Corporation, Toronto, Ottawa, 1974-1978. Director corporation planning Northern Telecom, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1978-1980. Director general Northern Telecom-Mexico, 1980-1982.

Director United States Electronic Corporation, Philadelphia, 1973-1977. Consultant Omega Watch/Optec, Princeton, New Jersey, 1974-1975. Consultant Reebok, Stoughton, Massachusetts, 1989-1991.


  • Other Work

    • Inventor, patentee cellular phone, 1988, lighted footwear, since 1988, lighted hats and apparel, since 1992, lighted containers, since 1995.


Member Canada Aeronautical and Space Institute, Society for Information Display.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: swimming, hiking, ice hockey, skiing, prototyping.


Married Bernice Thelma Underwood, April 12, 1958 (divorced 1981). Children: William Blake, Kim J.C. Doe. Married Yhira Leonor Reyes, July 4, 1988.

William James Ratcliffe

Jean Slater (Ross) Ratcliffe

Bernice Thelma Underwood

William Blake Ratcliffe

Kim J.C. Doe;m. Yhira Leonor Reyes Ratcliffe

July 4 Ratcliffe

1988 Ratcliffe