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William S. Weil Jr., 93, Retired Electrical Engineer
William S. Weil Jr., 93, a longtime electrical engineer, died Oct. 19. He was born and lived in Philadelphia all his life.
Weil was a graduate of Germantown High School and Lehigh University, where he earned a master's degree in electrical engineering. He worked for the General Electric Company from 1937 to 1948, including time spent on a top-secret torpedo project during World War II.
He founded Interstate Television Service in 1948, one of the first local television-repair companies. In 1956, he started Weil Electronics, an electronics manufacturing firm in Collingswood, N.J. Later, he became vice president of engineering for Quik-Chek in Germantown and Northeast Philadelphia, making self-service tube-testers and one of the first electrostatic copy machines.
After retiring as an engineer, Weil became director of arbitration for the Better Business Bureau of Eastern Pennsylvania. He also enjoyed his volunteer work at the Franklin Institute, the Please Touch Museum and the Academy of Natural Sciences.
In 1953, while active in the leadership of the Henry School PTA, Weil was part of a small group of parents who saw the need for a way to hold the community together. They decided that participating in the arts could bring people of diverse backgrounds together and help them overcome prejudices.
They founded the Allens Lane Art Center, still thriving after 54 years, where he was treasurer for the first 25 years. He performed in numerous dramatic plays and musicals produced by the Allens Lane Café Theater, including a starring role in "Tobacco Road."
Weil moved to Logan Square East in 1986. There he was a member of the board of directors, treasurer of the Resident's Council for many years, in charge of the Saturday-night movie program and the driving force behind the Employee Appreciation Fund from 1987 to 2006.
He received several awards, including the annual Logan Square Award for community involvement and a special Appreciation Award presented by the employees in 2006 for his work with the Employee Appreciation Fund.
He was a lifetime member of Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park.
Weil is survived by his wife of 65 years, Sylvia Weil; daughter Cindy Brandt; son William S. Weil III; and four grandchildren.
Contributions in his memory can be made to: the Bill & Sylvia Weil Lobby, c/o Allens Lane Art Center, 601 West Allens Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19119.