William L. Cummings

William L. Cummings (BS Chem Egr ’41), 90, died July 21, 2011. He was born in Dunkirk, N.Y., where he attended high school and graduated in 1937 as valedictorian and president of his class. He graduated summa cum laude from MSU and joined Firestone Tire and Rubber Company in Akron, Ohio.

In 1943, Cummings joined the U.S. Navy and served aboard the USS Herndon as an engineering officer until May 1946. In September of that year, he married Mary W. Lynch, who also served in the U.S. Navy as a Night Flight Director Officer. He later worked for the American Locomotive Company in Dunkirk, N.Y., where he served in various positions including that of a member of the president's staff. In 1967, he was recruited to be vice president and general manager of Koch Engineering Company in Wichita, Kansas, where he became president of the company in 1970. He continued with the company until his retirement in October 1985.

Cummings is survived by his wife, Mary; son, Robert (wife, Annette, son Davis), Chicago, Ill.; daughters, Elizabeth Cummings, Karen Gilchrist, and Louise Blasco (children, Kathleen and Nicholas), all of Wichita, Kans.; son, Daniel (children, Jennifer, Chris, and Matthew), of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; son, Mark (wife, Becky, children, Erin, Andrew, and Amy) of Appleton, Wisc.; and son, Tom (wife, Lisa, children, Alex, Brady, and Ethan), of Highlands Ranch, Colo.