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date: 15 September 2019

McGowan, Williamlocked

(10 December 1927–08 June 1992)
  • Stephen G. Marshall

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McGowan, William (10 December 1927–08 June 1992), telephone company executive, was born in Ashley, Pennsylvania, the son of Andrew McGowan, a railroad engineer and labor union organizer, and Catherine Mary Evans, a schoolteacher. William McGowan worked as a clerk for the Central Railroad of New Jersey while attending the University of Scranton, until he was drafted in 1945. He served as a medic with the U.S. Army, working with the relocation of concentration camp survivors and the Berlin Airlift; he also attended courses at the University of Munich. After his discharge in 1948 he studied chemical engineering at Kings College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, graduated in 1950, and went on to Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker scholar....

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