William Noel "Bill" Wireman, Class of '65
|William "Bill" Noel Wireman, 1965|| |
Update: September 4, 2003
Struggling to find a reason to continue the work grind, I
made the decision to retire. In preparation, I took up the
hobby of metal detecting, and modified a kayak for fishing.
There was no remorse, nice not having to plan your days around
a work schedule. Oh, before the decision was made, I used up
all two months and five days of accrued vacation. This allowed
for a preview of life not working, and allowed time to develope
some new interest.
About-Baker: The thought of being drafted and being sent to
Viet Nam dominated my thoughts as I approached graduation. As
my older brother, Richard Wireman also a Baker alum, and
my father were serving in the conflict.
My main memory was the deafening sound on numerous helicopters
flying over the school ,a constant reminder of the 5000 troops
shipping overseas weekly.
After-Baker: After graduation, worked at Fort Benning waxing floors at
the OCS for the Summers, while attending South Georgia Tech. Completed
electronic technician program and went to work for North Electric Company
in Ohio. Traveled, installing central telephone exchanges, specializing in
Toll Ticketing, long distance. Worked in Indiana, Ohio, North Carolina,
Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Virginia. In my first visit to
Charlottesville, VA, I met Carolyn Winebarger in 1968. We married in 1969
on my return and we are still married. We have two children, Michelle who
works at the University of Virginia Physchiatry Department and David who
works as a CPA at a local law firm. My wife and I traveled for two more
years and returned to Charlottesville, where I worked for a year doing
radar prototype design for the Navy and Coast Guard. Next, I found a job
with the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and as of 01/01/2001 have
qualified to retire. While at NRAO I completed a business degree in 1979.
Also, I have attended classes from coast to coast, on computers, digital
imaging systems and floating point processors. My job started out
building correlators, progressed to computer interfaces and maintenance,
and finishes with Hemt amplifier R&D. The last project that we built
amplifiers for is the Microwave Anistrophy Probe or MAP, will be launched
by NASA next year. The following link shows me seated on the left bonding
in the clean room:Click Here.
Bill's e-mail address:
Link to Bill's Web page
Contact information for Bill Baker Lions only
Picture taken at a
country wedding. My
daughter and her two
children are pictured
with my wife.
This is a picture of my
brother taken in 1998.
Richard was a 1964
graduate of Baker High.
Could not upload my
mugshot so went with
adding it as an
additional picture. This
photo was taken for my
Picture of my wife,
Carol, and myself while
on vacation during 2001.
Picture of our two
grandchilden. Nicole is
14 and samantha is 10.
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