William Larson

April 24, 2017

William Larson (BS METALLURGICAL EGR ’53), who won some of the College of Engineering’s most important alumni awards, died April 20, 2017, in Royal Oak. He was 86.William Larson ('53) 

Larson was born and raised in Detroit and graduated from Detroit Central High School in 1949. He graduated from Michigan State with a bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering in 1953. Larson loved being a Spartan and remained involved with the MSU College of Engineering. 

He received the College of Engineering Claud R. Erickson Distinguished Alumni award in 1991 and the MSU Alumni Outstanding Service Award in 1999.

After graduation, Bill was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army and served honorably on active duty from 1953-55. He then worked with General Motors as a research engineer at the Technical Center in Warren, holding many leadership roles including Chief Engineer Central Foundry, Program Manager Engineering Safety Vehicle (ESV), Director Engineering Vauxhall / Bedford in Luton England, Director Product Planning and in 1984 as Group Director Engineering Truck and Bus Group until his retirement in 1995. Larson was responsible for all the engineering activities for heavy duty, medium duty and light duty trucks and SUVs around the world, Chevrolet, GMC, and Bedford.

He was also a member of several professional organizations, the American Society of Metals, the Engineering Society of Detroit, the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (UK), in which he is a fellow. He was also elected a fellow in the Society of Automotive Engineers and had been awarded the SAE Forest R. McFarland Award. 

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