William J. Mottel

William J. Mottel (BS Chem Egr '51), age 82, of North Augusta, S.C., died May 14, 2011. Mottel was a native of Gladstone, Mich., and a former resident of Hilton Head, but made his home in North Augusta for the last 28 years. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict.

Mottel retired after 38 years of service as the safety director of E.I. DuPont Company and was a former plant manager at the Savannah River Plant. He co-authored Industrial Safety Is Good Business--The DuPont Story. He was past chair of the National Safety Council and was inducted into the International Safety Hall of Fame.

While living in North Augusta he served as chair of the Public Service Authority of Aiken County and was a member of the city council. He was active in youth sports; he served as the coach of Our Lady of Peace Church peewee football for 26 years and was also associated with Dixie Youth Baseball. In 1977 he received the North Augusta Sertoma Club Service to Mankind Award and in l979 he received the North Augusta Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award.

Mottel was a member of Rotary International, the Grace Commission, the American Society of Safety Engineers, and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. In 1985 Mottel received the Claud Erickson Distinguished Alumni Award from the MSU College of Engineering for attaining the highest level of professional accomplishments as well as distinguished service to the college and the engineering profession.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Carole Clark Mottel; 5 sons and daughters-in-law: Andy and Jeannie Mottel, Billy and Cynthia Mottel, David and Kathy Mottel, Steve and Janet Mottel, and Phillip and Kim Mottel; 2 daughters and sons-in-law, Marsha and Jim Hornsby, and Mary and Frank Fletcher; 22 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren.