William H. Redden

William H. Redden (Baltimore Sun / November 2, 2011)

William H. "Bill" Redden, a retired Bethlehem Steel Corp. metallurgist, died Tuesday from Alzheimer's disease and bone cancer at his Solomons home.

He was 93 and had formerly lived in the Hampton neighborhood of Baltimore County.

Mr. Redden was born and raised in Corsicana, Texas, where he graduated in 1934 from Corsicana High School.

He attended college at the University of Texas and earned an engineering degree in 1938 from what was then Carnegie Institute, now Carnegie Mellon University. He also did graduate work at Harvard University and Johns Hopkins University.

Mr. Redden then entered Bethlehem's "Loop Program," which trained young engineers in all aspects of steel making.

Just before the outbreak of World War II, Mr. Redden was transferred to Bethlehem Steel's Sparrows Point plant, where he joined the metallurgical department.

Because of the important nature of his job and of the necessity of steel for the war effort, Mr. Redden was given an occupational deferment that kept him from military service.

He held several steel-making patents and was promoted to assistant chief metallurgist at Sparrows Point, where he continued working until retiring in 1980.

He had been an active member of the American Society of Metallurgy.

After retiring, he moved to Conway, S.C., where he and his wife of 58 years, the former Margaret F. "Peggy" Yancura lived, until moving to Solomons in 1997.

He was an avid golfer and had been a member of the Sparrows Point Country Club where he made a hole-in-one, family members said.

Mr. Redden had been a member and elder of Havenwood Presbyterian Church in Timonium.

Services for Mr. Redden were held Friday in Lusby.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Redden is survived by three sons, David L. Redden of Poolesville, Robert S. Redden of Morris Plains, N.J., and Paul W. Redden of Dale City, Va.; a sister, Clarece Martin of Jacksonville, Fla.; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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