In Memory

Bill Roach - Class Of 1951

Bill Roach

  George William "Bill" Roach, 61, of Huntington Beach, Calif., died on Dec. 2, 1994, in his home after a battle with cancer.
   He was born April 24, 1933, the son of Harry and Minnie Roach.  He was a 1951 graduate of Delphi High School and completed his bachelor's and master's degrees in agricultural at Purdue.  He continued studies in soil microbiology at Iowa State University.
   Roach had been chief financial officer of his nephew's lighting firm in Colton, Calif., since 1988, when he left the Lafayette area.
   He served as executive secretary of Alpha Zeta fraternity, a national professional agricultural fraternity, from 1972 through 1988, and formerly had been employed by Purdue University as an assistant to the dean of the School of Agriculture and an assistant professor.
   He was active in fraternities and other organizations.  Roach was affiliated with Acacia and Alpha Zeta fraternities, Ceres, Sigma XI, Gamma Sigma Delta, Phi Kappa Phi, Alpha Tau Alpha, Kappa Kappa Psi and Purdue Reamers.  He served on the high council of Alpha Zeta fraternity as treasurer from 1971 to 1988, and a scholarship was named in his honor.
   He is survived by a companion of 17 years Jon Schuster, with whom he lived in Huntington Beach, and a sister, Marjorie Clayton of Bloomington.
   A Memorial service will be held on Monday from 4-6 p.m., in the West Faculty Lounge of the Purdue Memorial Union, West Lafayette.  Private interment.
Obituary notice taken from the Carroll County Comet, Wednesday, December 7, 1994