William Henry Bledsoe ’39 died on April 3, 2003, in Cagnes sur Mer, France.
Born on October 26, 1916, in Gloversville, NY, he prepared for college at Gloversville High School and Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire and became a member of Chi Psi Fraternity at Bowdoin. Following his graduation in 1939, he did graduate work at Harvard University, from which he received a master of arts degree in European history in 1940. During World War II, he served from 1941 to 1945 as a sergeant in the U.S. Army and then as an agent in the Counter-Intelligence Corps. After the war, he worked in Paris at the Radiodiffusion Corporation and then became chief of the North American Service of the French Broadcasting System in Paris. He later joined Pan American World Airways, where he was a senior flight control agent in Paris and Nice for many years. He continued to live in Cagnes sur Mer following his retirement. Surviving are a sister, Florence Smith of Phoenix, AZ; and a sister-in-law, Marion Bledsoe of Gloversville.