Obituary: William J. Coad
William “Bill” J. Coad died Aug. 9 after a brief illness. Coad was a 1949 graduate of St. Louis University High School and a 1957 graduate of Washington University School of Mechanical Engineering, where he received a degree in engineering and was a member of Theta Xi Fraternity. Coad was a registered professional engineer in 37 states and a life member of ASHRAE. Coad served his profession as president of the St. Louis chapter of ASHRAE and was elected the national president of ASHRAE in 2001-2002. As a consulting engineer, Coad was an officer and president of Charles J.R. McClure Engineering Associates Inc., where he specialized in HVAC systems for commercial and educational institutions, and mentored many colleagues over the years. He was president of Coad Engineering Enterprises Inc. and Coad Consulting at the time of his death. Coad loved teaching and was a respected associate professor of mechanical engineering at Washington University for 29 years. In 1992, Washington University School of Mechanical Engineering presented Coad with its Distinguished Alumnae Award. During his long professional and teaching career, Coad delivered many speeches and wrote hundreds of articles and columns for professional journals and magazines. He authored two books, “Energy Engineering” and “Management for Building Systems.” He loved tennis, skiing, foreign travel, and a good party. Coad appreciated flowers, or a donation may be made to St. Louis University High School, 4970 Oakland Ave., St. Louis, Missouri 63110, or Washington University School of Mechanical Engineering, 1 Brookings Dr., St. Louis, Missouri 63130.
Publication date: 9/8/2014