In Memory

William T "Bill" Dresser - Class Of 1938

William T Bill Dresser

William Dresser born October 8, 1920 in Glendale, California passed away on June 4, 2005 in Bakersfield, California.  After graduating from SPSMHS, Bill attended the University of California at Berkeley and received his B.S. there in Forestry in 1942.

Following graduation he attended naval officers candidate school and was commissioned an ensign in November of 1942.  He was assigned to a destroyer, the USS Flusser, where he served as torpedo officer during campaigns in the South Pacific.  Prior to reporting aboard the Flusser, Bill married Dorothy Heiss of San Francisco, a marriage that was to last almost 58 years until Dorothy's death in 2000.

Upon the end of the war in 1945, Bill began his long career with the U.S. Forest Service ending his service as Supervisor of the Angeles National Forest with headquarters in Pasadena.  In recognition of his contributions to the Forest Service, Dresser Peak in the Angeles National Forest was named in his honor.  Bill remained active in the Naval Reserve and retired with the rank of commander.  He enjoyed traveling and attending reunions of his WW II destroyer crew held in various locations around the country.  As he remarked, "The sea stories get better every year."  Bill is survived by his three sons, William Donald, Charles, and Richard; nine grandchildren, and his brothers John '40 and Duane '46.