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Robert Moore McIlwain ’50 Tu’51 Th’51 of Bernardsville, N.J., and Vero Beach, Fla., died October 24, 2015. He grew up in Radnor, Pa., and spent a year in the U.S. Coast Guard before entering Dartmouth. He loved Dartmouth. He was a class president as an undergraduate and never missed a class reunion in 65 years. After college he served as a lieutenant in the Navy for three years, then worked for McKinsey & Co., Singer Corp., Warner-Lambert and Engelhard Corp., retiring in 1992. Meeting and marrying his wife, Joan, was the most important event of his life. For 57 years they had a wonderful time raising four boys. He is survived by Joan; sons Robert, John, David, and Bill; daughters-in-law Michaela, Melissa, AnnMarie and Halley; and seven grandchildren.

William Weetman Bonneville ’54 died July 27, 2015, in Boston. He came to Dartmouth from Chevy Chase, Md. He majored in engineering, graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and graduated from Thayer with an MS degree. He was in the Navy from 1955 to 1958, serving as chief engineering officer on the USS Stribling in the Atlantic Fleet. Upon discharge he worked for Esso in New Jersey. He left Esso to earn an MBA from Harvard Business School. Moving to New Hampshire, he was VP and CFO of the Nashua Corp. After 12 years he left Nashua and joined Gloucester (Mass.) Engineering Co. for 21 years, becoming VP, CFO, and director. When the company was sold, he opened his own business as a private investment advisor. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, and children William, Martha, and Gordon.

William B. Conway ’52 Th’54, CEO of  Modjeski and Masters, a leading civil engineering firm responsible for several accomplishments in long-span bridge design, died December 14, 2015, near his hometown of New Orleans, La. After earning his master of science in civil engineering from Thayer, he joined Modjeski and Masters in 1957, becoming a partner in 1969 and the CEO in 1992. He was the principal-in-charge for eight award-winning Mississippi River crossing projects, including the Greater New Orleans #2 Bridge, which was then the second longest cantilever span in the country. He directed the seismic retrofit of the steel portions of the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge in California and the widening of the Huey P. Long Bridge over the Mississippi, among other projects. He earned the Louisiana Lifetime Achievement Award and the John A. Roebling Medal for lifetime achievement in bridge engineering. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie, and seven children, including sons William Jr. ’79 and Edward ’86 and daughter Laura ’91.

Editor's Note: Read more about William Conway's bridge-building achievements.

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