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William Leslie

William Leslie, professor emeritus in the Department of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering, died Nov. 8.

Leslie was born in Scotland and emigrated with his family to the United States, settling in Lorain, Ohio, in 1925. He served in World War II in the U.S. Army. He received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in metallurgical engineering from The Ohio State University (OSU) in 1947, 1948 and 1949, respectively. From 1947-73 he worked for the U.S. Steel Laboratories, except for a brief period in 1953 when he worked for Thompson Products. From 1963-73 he was manager of physical metallurgy research at the Bain laboratories of U.S. Steel. In 1952-53 he was an adjunct professor at Brooklyn Polytechnic University, and in 1964-65 he was a visiting professor at OSU.

In 1973 he joined the faculty of the Department of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering at U-M, where he served until his retirement in 1984.

He authored nearly 100 publications, including a book, "The Physical Metallurgy of Steels," published by McGraw-Hill in 1981. Leslie held four U.S. patents. He was a member of Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, American Institute for Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineering (AIME), the American Society for Metals (ASM), The Metals Society of Great Britain, the Iron and Steel Institute of Japan, the Metal Science Club of New York, and the American Society for Engineering Education.

Leslie served as chairman of the Publications Committee of ASM in 1966-67, chairman of the Second International Conference on the Strength of Metals and Alloys (ICSMA), co-director of the Metallurgical Society of AIME in 1970-71, chairman of the Joint Commission for Metallurgical Transactions in 1972, U.S. representative to the International Steering Committee ICSMA in 1967-82, member of the Metals Science Division Council of ASM in 1970-75, and vice president and director, AIME in 1975.

His awards included honorary member, Alpha Sigma Mu, 1965; Krumb Lecturer, AIME, 1967; distinguished alumnus, OSU College of Engineering, 1967; fellow, ASM, 1970; The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society fellow, 1991; and the Charles S. Barrett Silver Medal winner of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of ASM, 1992. He was the Edward DeMille Campbell Lecturer, ASM, 1975; Albert Sauveur Lecturer, Philadelphia chapter of ASM, 1971; Zay Jeffries Lecturer, Cleveland chapter of ASM, 1975; Garofalo Lecturer, Northwestern University, 1977; and Henry Marion Howe Lecturer, AIME, 1982. He served on numerous committees of the U.S. Government and as a consultant to numerous corporations.

After his retirement, he and his wife Florence moved to Palmyra, Va., where he died. His wit surely will be missed. He was a friendly and helpful colleague. He is survived by his wife Florence and his daughter Barbara.

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