William Sr. the son of a Minister lived in a great number of places as a youth due to his fathers ministry. These were mostly in Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. Although he lived many years in Maryland (Baltimore, Rockville, Greenbelt, Prince George County and Silver Spring) and then for 20 years, August 1960 to December 1980, in Manassas, Virginia, he always considered Texas, HOME.
In High School he was a member of the R.O.T.C. He was a music student studying Violin, Piano and Voice. He became an accomplished Violinist and played in his college orchestra and a number of semi-professional orchestras as an adult. He also had a trained Bass-Baritone voice and sung in a number of church choirs, notably New York Avenue Presbyterian Church Choir in Washington, D.C. In later years opera became a great interest and he collected many recordings. He also collected and read books including the complete works of western novelist Zane Gray. He was an active church member in various Presbyterian and Methodist churches and at the time of his third marriage became a Baptist.
For many years he was an active Boy Scout Leader for his son's troop. Later he was a Commissioner for the Boy Scouts in the Manassas, Va. area.
He and his wife Fay were among the first members of the Osbourn High School (old site) Band Boosters where their son played flute. They were very active in fund raising for trips and equipment.
William Sr. worked for Stripling Dept. Store in Fort Worth, Texas and taught school before moving east. Shortly before the Second World War he moved to Baltimore, Md. to work for the Social Security Administration. He was Drafted into the U.S. Army on June 12, 1942, Service Number: 33-202-217. After Training at Camp Picket now Fort Picket, near Blackstone, Va., he was transferred to Camp Livingston near Alexandria, Louisiana. Later he Served at Schofield Barracks, HI and with Headquarters Tenth Army, Medical Corp, at Naha, Okinawa. He rose in rank from Private to Sergeant. When WWII ended he returned to the Social Security Administration but left to work in the field of his college education, Micro-Biology. He worked at the National Institutes of Health until retirement. Among the projects he worked on were the treatment of Amoebic Dysentery and then afterward he did drug safety testing in the Pyrogen testing lab.
After the death of his wife, Fay, he returned to Texas and married Donna Dee Melugin St Clair, a cousin. It was a late life marriage of convenience that provided him with a care giver, companion and her with more security which she lacked due to divorce.
William Sr. died from the affects of a fall suffered on November 17, 1989. He was taken by ambulance to St. Joseph Hospital in Paris, Texas where it was determined the he had some bleeding in his skull. He was then transferred to Medical City Hospital in Dallas where they determined that the bleeding had stopped and was not life threatening. At about 1AM he was sent home. On the following Friday evening he complained of a severe headache and lapsed into a coma. He was taken by ambulance to St. Joseph Hospital where the doctors found that he had a ruptured vein in his brain with serious new bleeding. He was flown to Medical City Hospital in Dallas, Texas where he was operated on to fix the problem. He never returned to consciousness. An aside: Donna was not allowed to ride in the helicopter with William Sr. and drove the 90+ miles arriving at the hospital at the same time as the helicopter. Marriage of convenience?
More detail of military service and employment is available by contacting the website owner, William Clark Lathan, Jr, at the email address listed on the Contacts and Credits page of this web site.
Source: Personal knowledge
of William C. Lathan, Jr.