A celebration of life for William W. (Bill) Mendenhall, Jr., has been postponed because of COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings. Bill passed away Feb. 19, 2020, just shy of his 97th birthday, surrounded by family and friends. He was delighted to meet his first great-grandchild just two weeks before his death.
Many in the APDC community remember Bill fondly as a mentor and leader. Bill began teaching at UAF in 1955 and continued to teach classes for almost 20 years after his official retirement in 1987. He also was a regular participant in the annual Alaska Surveying and Mapping Conference (ASMC), inducted into the ASMC Hall of Fame in 1996 and honored at the Hall of Fame awards ceremony again in 2014.
Mendenhall held professional registrations as a civil engineer, land surveyor, and mechanical engineer and was involved in many notable projects over his career. He received many honors for contributions to his profession and community and was the last surviving founding member of the Fairbanks Community Hospital Foundation board, where he served for more than 50 years.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Bill’s name to the Greater Fairbanks Community Hospital Foundation, UAF Mendenhall Scholarship Fund, or UAF William and Nancy Mendenhall Student Travel Fund.
To read the full obituary from the Fairbanks Daily News – Miner, click here.
To donate to a scholarship, endowed in Bill Mendenhall’s name, click here.
For information regarding the travel endowment, established by Bill & Nancy Mendenhall in 2014, click here.