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Elected in 1990

“For leadership in the development and manufacture of equipment contributing to safety and productivity in mining and in related industries.”


WILLIAM L. WEARLY was the distinguished leader of two of the nation’s leading manufacturing companies: Joy Manufacturing (now known as Joy Global) and Ingersoll Rand. He was born in Warren, Indiana, on December 5, 1915. Bill died in Carefree, Arizona, on April 30, 2010, at the age of 95.

He was an outstanding student in his precollege days and attended Purdue University, where he received a B.S. in electrical engineering in 1937. While in college he was awarded membership in Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi and served as the president of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers (AIEE). Bill was named a distinguished student at Purdue University in 1934, 1935, and 1936.

After graduation Bill went to work for Joy Manufacturing with their electrical design staff. He was promoted to the position of service manager in 1939. Two years later he became the general sales manager. Bill held this position until 1956, when he was promoted to the position of executive vice president.

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