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William H. Orr

Obituary for William H. Orr

November 3, 1930 - October 19, 2014
Carmel, Indiana | Age 83


Dr. William H. "Bill" Orr, 83 of Carmel, passed away Sunday, October 19, 2014. Bill was born November 3, 1930 in Buffalo, NY to the late Dr. William J. and Margaret G. Orr. He was a 1948 graduate of Nichols High School in Buffalo. Bill earned his Bachelor's degree from Cornell University, his Master's degree from Catholic University, while teaching at the Naval Academy and his PhD. from Cornell. Bill was a US Navy veteran of the Korean War.

Bill was a physicist. He worked for Bell Labs for 27 years, retiring in 1989. He holds several patents, including one for integrated circuitry that was essential for the research and development of touch tone technology.

Bill was a member, volunteer, clerk of the session, elder and deacon at Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, where he and his wife also hosted interfaith hospitality network events. His volunteerism continued through the Executive Service Corp. doing hands-on science experiments at IPS 60. Bill was a member of the Carmel Rotary Club and was an avid runner; completing the New York Marathon on his 61st birthday. After his retirement, he taught calculus at IUPUI.

A service celebrating Bill's life will be held at 1:00 pm Saturday, October 25 at Flanner and Buchanan-Carmel, where family and friends are invited to gather from 11:00 am until the time of the service.

Bill is survived by his wife of 30 years, Donola "Donnie"; his children, William Goehrig (wife, Betty) Orr, Dr. Barron Joseph (partner, Paula) Orr, Elise Morrow Orr and Wade (wife, Patricia) Orr; stepsons, Robert J. (wife, Mary) Settle and Gregory J. (wife, Kathrina) Settle; granddaughter, Danielle Morrow Orr; 5 step grandchildren; 5 step great-grandchildren; sister, Margaret E. "Marla" (husband, John) MacKenzie. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Dr. James M. Orr and John G. "Jack" Orr.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to Hydrocephalus Association 4340 East West Highway Suite 905 Bethesda, MD 20814-4447 are recommended.

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Suggested Memorial Donations

  • Hydrocephalus Association
    4340 East West Highway
    Suite 905
    Bethesda, MD 20814-4447

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325 E Carmel Dr
Carmel, IN 46032
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