William J. Harnett Weathercasts of St. Louis 1922-1995 in 1946, he bought out the original partners in that William J. (Bill) Harnett was born in St. Louis, year to form his own com- Missouri, on 16 August 1922. He served as an aerolo- pany. He renamed the gist and forecaster in the U.S. Navy and was assigned firm Weather Corporation for a brief period at Guam in the Pacific area. He re- of America in 1952. It was ceived his B.S. from Saint Louis University and an one of the first private M.S. equivalent less thesis as an ensign in the navy. forecast companies in the He achieved the rank of lieutenant junior grade be- nation to form a partner- fore discharge. ship with public utility companies. Bill was an early pioneer in weather forecasting and research studies for gas and electric utilities and was Harnett retired from WCA in 1987, retaining the instrumental in demonstrating applications of weather title of chairman of the board. The company was sold forecasts to gas and electric load forecasting. He also to Surface Systems, Inc. of St. Louis in March 1997. experimented with weather modification experiments A Councilor of the AMS in the late 1940s, Harnett but discontinued that activity due to controversy in the established a scholarship on behalf of Weather Cor- field. poration of America honoring Father James B. The founder of Weather Corporation of America Macelwane of Saint Louis University. He personally (WCA), Harnett was instrumental in developing the supported an annual AMS scholarship in memory of field of industrial meteorology. After joining Howard Hanks Jr., who was killed in an airline crash while working for WCA. Over the years, Harnett pro- vided employment at WCA to some 25 meteorologists. Harnett was preceded in death by his wife Kathleen, who died in 1993. Following her death he moved to 3n jt/temxmam, Nagadoches, Texas, to be with one of his daughters. He is survived by five sons, Joseph and Michael of St. Louis County, William J. of Pasadena, California, Stephen of St. Louis, and John of Clearwater, Florida; two daughters, Mary of Dublin, Ireland, and Kathleen Belanger of Nagadoches, Texas; and 14 grandchildren. 1929-1997 Bill's employees at WCA were among his closest friends.—Armand Iaccheo. • 1910-1997 Editor's Note: The Bulletin was not published in July from 1938 SfUeAl to 1957, inclusive. 1915-1997 1520 Vol. 78, , No. 7, July 1997
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Jul 1, 1997
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