William L. (Bill) Conger, former department head and Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering, passed away July 26 in his home surrounded by his family. He was 82. 

Conger received his bachelor's degree nfrom the University of Louisville and his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He began his career at Esso before joining the faculty at the University of Kentucky.

In 1983, Conger moved to Virginia Tech and was appointed professor and department head of chemical engineering. He served on the Virginia Tech faculty for 19 years before his retirement and move to Estes Park, Colorado. 

Conger is remembered by his colleagues for his love of the outdoors, hunting, fishing, and everything related to scouting. The young faculty that he hired appreciated and admired him for the tireless support and mentoring that he provided.

“Bill was an outstanding educator," said David Cox, department head of chemical engineering. “He was fiercely dedicated to his students. His sincerity and love of teaching made him a student favorite and role model to all of our faculty. A generation of our students will always remember Bill Conger as the face of chemical engineering at Virginia Tech”

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- Written by Tina Russell