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Boeing, Bill, Jr., 1922-2015



  • Existence: 1922-2015

Biographical Note: Bill Boeing, Jr.

Bill Boeing, Jr. was born on November 22, 1922 in Seattle, Washington to Bertha and William E. Boeing, Sr., the founder of the Boeing Company. He lived for a time in Hawaii and graduated from the Webb School in Claremont, California.

After school, he founded AeroCopters, a helicopter company, and built a hangar at Boeing Field. AeroCopters operated for nine years, flying supplies into the Kennecott copper mine in Alaska and smoke jumpers in and out of Missoula, Montana.

Boeing's business interests were varied; he bought, imported, and sold Volkswagon cars, prior to dealerships being established; helped launch hydroplane racing in Seattle; built commercial warehouses; and bought radio stations. He also served on myriad boards and engaged in philanthropic work.

Boeing was married twice. His first wife, Marcella Cech died in 1990. The couple had a son, William E. Boeing, III, who died in 2013. In 1991, he married June A. Tinkham (1926-2020). Bill Boeing, Jr. died on Jnaury 8, 2015.

Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:

Biographical Information Files - B

Scope and Contents Individuals whose names begin with B: Babcock, Harold E. [Cartographer] Biographical sketch, 2000 Babson, Roger W. [Business expert] Babson, Roger, "Possibilities for Aircraft," Aeronautical Digest, November 1923 Baby, Tony [Museum designer] "Enthusiasm is High for Air Museum Here," Seattle Times, June 26, 1983 ...

William E. Boeing Sr. Papers

Identifier: 2005-10-06-B
Abstract William E. Boeing, Sr. (1881-1956) was an aviation pioneer and founded The Boeing Company in 1916. The collection holds textual materials, such as correspondence, philately, business-related materials, clippings, and ephemera, as well as photographs and illustrations related to his personal and business life, circa 1783-2008. Major areas of interest include family photographs and extensive personal and business-related correspondence.

Jerry MacDonald Boeing Correspondence Collection

 Collection — Box: One
Identifier: 1987-08-25
Contents of the Collection The Jerry MacDonald Boeing Correspondence Collection consists holiday greeting cards and letters sent by the Boeing family to the MacDonald family in the early 20th century. The collection includes 14 custom-designed greeting cards for Christmas and New Year's ranging from 1929-1931 as well as some undated cards; three handwritten letters and one typed letter from 1925-1930; 1 empty envelope, undated; one undated map of Washington State and southern Britsh Columbia; one 1906 photograph of the...

Hallman, Michael R. -- oral history interview, 2021 October 25

Interview Summary Museum of Flight trustee Michael R. “Mike” Hallman is interviewed about his life and experiences in the computer, aviation, and nonprofit fields. He discusses his career with International Business Machines (IBM) during the 1960s through the late 1980s and his subsequent careers with Boeing Computer Services and Microsoft. He also discusses his involvement with The Museum of Flight as a trustee, interim CEO, and (along with his wife, Mary Kay) co-founder of the Museum’s Oral History Program.

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