Dr. William E. Behring, PHD

January 17, 1924 - March 16, 2018

Dr. William Ernest Behring, PHD, 94, a resident of North Fort Myers, FL for the past nine years, formerly of Columbia, MD, passed away Friday, March 16, 2018 in Cape Coral, FL. He was born January 17, 1924 in Orchard, CO to Ernest and Alma Behring, now deceased.

William worked at NASA as an astrophysicist for over 45 years. He attended Colorado University and Stanford University. His work included inventing spectronomy instruments that were sent into space. The instruments examined light rays to determine the composition of the universe. His work has been displayed at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.

William lived in Greenbelt, Maryland and Columbia, Maryland during his working years. He moved to Florida in 2008 where he enjoyed the sun (he damaged his eye looking at the sun at the age of 8) and walking to the pond behind his house in Florida. He lived near his niece and her husband but lived independently until the last year and a half of his life.

William was a warm and kind hearted man. He was very smart and a little eccentric. His family and friends will miss him very much.

He is survived by three nieces, Valerie Hinchee (Stephen), Margaret Stoltman and Jan Carp; two nephews, Robert Tracy and Ernest Behring; sister in law, Donna Behring; as well as several great nieces and nephews.

William was preceded in death by five siblings, LaVonne Tracy, Frances Bright, Marjorie Allmer, Edward Behring and Harry Behring; as well as a niece, Patrice Ewing and three nephews, Dale Behring, Clifford Behring and Howard Allmer.

Memorial Services will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, April 28, 2018 in Evans, Colorado. For more information or details, please email valeriehinchee@gmail.com

Memorial Contributions in memory of Dr. William Ernest Behring, PHD are suggested to The Sierra Club (an environmental protection group), 2101 Webster St., Suite 1300, Oakland, CA 94612.

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.


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