William R. Foreman

Published in The Capital on November 23, 2011

William R. (Bill) Foreman, 87, died November 20 in Annapolis. Born in Washington,
DC on August 10, 1924 to the late W. Roy Foreman and Florence Herring, Bill
graduated from
Eastern High School in 1942. He served in the Navy during WW II in
the Pacific from 1943 until 1945. He married Elizabeth (Betty) McLean, on May 29,

After returning, he was employed by C&P Telephone Company in 1948 and was
employed by the Bell System - ATT in various capacities, working in Washington, DC;
Charleston, WV; and Honolulu, HI.

He attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1957 where he
completed course work in electrical engineering. One of the highlights of Bill's many
years in the Bell System was working at Bell Laboratories on a system to
communicate with the astronauts of Project Apollo. He retired from ATT in 1981.

He lived many years in New Carrollton where he was active in the Boy Scouts, New
Carrollton Boy's Club and Lanham United Methodist Church, serving in many
leadership roles.

In retirement he and Betty enjoyed traveling and sailing in the British Virgin Islands.
They moved to Heritage Harbour in Annapolis in 1993 where they enjoyed playing
tennis, golf, square dancing and water aerobics. Bill was a life-long Redskins fan and
an avid supporter of every team his sons and grandchildren supported.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Betty Carpenter.

He is survived by Betty, his wife of 67 years, and his sons, Dr. John Foreman of
Durham, NC, Roy Foreman of Ocean Pines and Daniel Foreman of Crofton; five
grandchildren, Sean Foreman of Burlington, NJ, Timothy Foreman of Glen Burnie,
Matthew Foreman of Greenville, SC, Jennifer Foreman of Durham, NC, and Marisa
Foreman of Crofton, two great grandchildren and nine nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to Bill's Life Celebration from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday,
November 25 at the George P. Kalas Funeral Home, 2973 Solomons Island Rd.,
Edgewater. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 26 at
Calvary United Methodist Church, 301 Rowe Blvd., Annapolis.

Interment will be at Maryland Veterans' Cemetery, Crownsville on Monday, November
28 at 11:30 a.m. Donations may be made to Calvary United Methodist Church.

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