self-taught engineer, inventor, husband, father, and
grandfather, passed a way on July 26, 2002 in Paradise,
William enlisted in the Navy as a radio man at age
18 and rose to the rank of Warrant Officer after creating
and patenting a procedure known as Inverse Loran which
made it possible to locate enemy U-boats during World
War II. Inverse Loran was kept top secret and classified
information for 50 years. William recently received
a "Congressional Recognition" for this accomplishment.
William served 20 years in active duty in the Navy
and 10 years in the navy reserves.
After living the Navy, William and his wife Dorothy
lived in Downey, CA. In the 60' they built a home in
Yorba Linda, and later moved to Anaheim, and then Tustin.
He lost Dorothy to cancer in 1987.
William worked for North American-Rockwell for over
20 years in the Satellite and Defense field. William
started and owned Atescar, a company that manufactured
electronic testing equipment. He later started a second
company, Devman, which dealt with the development and
manufa-cturing of reflectometer and other components.
William holds 5 military patents and 4 private sector
patents in the electronic field.
William retired to Paradise from Orange Country 16
years ago. He married Bernie Rogers in 1988 and finished
building his dream house on Buschmann Road. William
and Bernie have enjoyed experiencing nature from their
very own porch, tinkering in the shop, traveling in
their motor home, and visiting with friends and family.
William, 86 years old, died with his devoted wife,
Bernie, at his side. William had suffered a stroke
on July 2, 2002. He is survived by 4 or his 6 children
and their spouses; Donna Beeson of Ventura, Derrald
Pick of Lake of the Pines, Judy Pick of San Jose, and
Verne Pick of Vancouver, WA. William has 2 granddaughters,
12 grandsons and 9 great grand-children. William is
also survived by 5 of his 7 younger brothers and sisters
and their families.
Wartime inventor William Pick, who kept secret for
60 years, dies at ago 86
Pick helped locate German U-boats.
Congressional Citation for William B Pick for outstanding
services and original work done in the radio intelligence
for the US Navy.