William E. Genthner ’49 died on December 20, 2007, in New Port Richey, Florida.
He was born in Warren, Mass., on February 23, 1925. After graduating from Warren High School, he entered an Army Specialized Training Program and joined the 83rd Division, 1st Army. He saw action in five European countries and was wounded in Belgium in the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded a Purple Heart, a Good Conduct Medal, the European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with two bronze battle stars, and a Unit Presidential Citation with an oak leaf cluster. After his discharge, he attended Bowdoin from 1946 to 1948 and was a member of Alpha Delta Phi fraternity. In civilian life, he worked as a heavy equipment mechanic. His wife Alexandrina died on April 11, 2009.