Bill Cadwell

Last updated 12/23/2017

I was raised in Evanston, Illinois, and majored math and philosophy at Ripon College in Ripon, Wiscon-sin. Spent a year back home doing graduate work at Northwestern, married my high school sweet-heart, and moved to Pittsburgh to work at the Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory in West Mifflin. (It was 1955, my draft board was in hot pursuit, and I was offered a deferment.) Bettis was one of two labor-atories founded by Adm. Hyman Rickover to design nuclear reactors for the U.S. Navy, and I spent fifty years there programming supercomputers to solve highly complex problems in reactor design.
Pat and I bought a house near Bettis in Pleasant Hills, raised daughters Carolyn and Jeanette there, and were very active in the Presbyterian church near our home. The girls eventually married, had two children each of their own, currently live in Ohio and North Carolina, and remain an extremely im-portant part of my life.
My wife died in 1992 and I had to reinvent myself. I started traveling, both with tour companies in Europe and to Elderhostel (now Road Scholar) programs in this country, forty of them at latest count. In 2003, as retirement approached, I moved into a townhouse at Asbury Heights and joined Bower Hill Church. (I had planned to spend several months visiting all six Presbytery churches in Mt. Lebanon, but Pete Fenton left a Bower Hill bulletin in my mailbox one Sunday, the adult education topic the fol-lowing week looked interesting, and I never made it to the other five churches.)
Retirement has offered opportunities to enrich my life through the vibrant Pittsburgh theater scene, my passion for opera, a collection of art and architecture books I don’t have room to store, and the extraordinary Osher life-long learning programs at CMU. I also host a wine-and-cheese party for my townhouse neighbors every month.