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William DeForest Gamble passed away peacefully at his home in Havelock, North Carolina surrounded by his family on December 11, 2021, following a long and fierce battle with lung cancer.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Merri Jo; children: Nancy Brandt (Kevin), Gretchen Cary, Brett Gamble (Aly), Mary Jaber (Alexander), their families; and her sister, Jacqueline Gamble.

Bill was born March 6, 1940 in North Tonowanda, NY, and raised in Bemus Point, NY

During his youth, Bill was actively involved in the Boy Scouts, winning the prestigious Eagle Scout Award, was a competitive member of the local water ski club, involved in high school track and field, and an active member of his youth group. from the church.

Bill attended Dartmouth College, where he graduated in 1962 with an AB Honors degree in Engineering. He stayed at Dartmouth for a fifth year and obtained a BSEE in 1963 from the Thayer School of Engineering. Directly after graduating from Dartmouth, Bill spent five years in the US Air Force as an officer at the Rocket Propulsion Laboratory at Edwards Air Force Base, California. There he worked as an instrumentation engineer on rocket engines with cryogenic and exotic fuels. He also oversaw the electrical and electronic aspects of a military construction project for a new high thrust testing facility.

After retiring from the US Air Force, Bill spent 30 years in spectrum management with the US government. He started in 1968 with the Office of Telecommunication Management (OT) and retired in 1997 from OT’s successor, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), Office of Spectrum Management (OSM) as an administrator assistant partner. Bill has held various positions associated with the OSM Spectrum Planning Subcommittee (SPS) and chaired several ad hoc groups of the RAIC. For several years, he was Head of the Systems Review Division, which evaluated major radiocommunication systems for spectrum support and subsequent approval. He established and chaired the SPS Space Systems Group, which was central to the publication, coordination and advance notification of government space systems in the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) forum, which has also examined foreign and commercial space systems for the impact on the United States. Government systems. His main role at the OSM was to chair (1984-97) the Interdepartment Radio Advisory Committee (IRAC), the oldest committee in the US government. In his final years in this role, he led the effort to identify 235 MHz of federal government spectrum to be transferred to the private sector for commercial use. Bill received the Gold Medal from the Department of Commerce for his accomplishments.

Bill has represented civil sector spectrum management interests in the NATO Allied Radio Frequency Agency (ARFA) Civil / Military Forum and the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations Civil / Military Forum (CEPT). He was responsible for publishing and updating the NTIA Rules and Procedures Manual for Federal Radio Frequency Management and certified spectrum support for all major new radio systems. When appointed to this post, he was selected as a member of the US Senior Executive Service.

Bill had been a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) since the early 1960s. In 1965-66, he was vice president of the North Valley portion of the Antelope Valley section, which focused on business. IEEE at Edwards Air Force Base. During the 1970s and 1980s he was active in the Washington chapter of the Electromagnetic Compatibility Society (EMC). He served in various offices and served as Chapter President for a year, and was also on the staff of several IEEE EMC International Symposia in the Washington, DC area.

As an active member of the Springfield United Methodist Church for decades, Bill has served as a lay leader, property president, assisted in the Scouting and ESL program, choir member, Methodist men, fundraisers. blood and practically wherever there was a need. His ecclesiastical family represented the world to him and many of these people became lifelong friends.

After retiring from the federal government, Bill established Gamble Telecommunications, Inc., a consultancy focused on national and international spectrum management and regulation, of which he was president and principal employee. Much of its effort has been devoted to participating in numerous ITU study groups and working groups, mainly in the areas of satellite services, mobile services and space research services. At the national level, he helped commercial efforts to achieve coordination with federal government spectrum users to welcome new products to the United States.

In 2008, Bill and Merri Jo moved to Havelock, NC, to renew their love of being on the water. Growing up, Bill was passionate about waterskiing and boating, and this love of the water permeated every aspect of his life. He liked to be on the water; it didn’t matter the ship as long as there was water around it, and he shared that love with his family and friends. He was an accomplished woodworker and his love of music led him to sing with the Dartmouth College Glee Club. Bill was an active member of the Herbert Charles Hunter Memorial Masonic Temple, Springfield Lodge 217, as a Freemason, and a Kena Shriner with the bagpipe unit, the Kena Highlanders.

In North Carolina, he became a member of the First United Methodist Church in Morehead City. He was a role model to many, always guiding, teaching, lending a helping hand and unconditional in his love and caring nature. He was kind until the end and will be missed by all who knew him.

A Service of Life Celebration will be held on Saturday, December 18, 2021 at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 900 Arendell St., Morehead City, NC, 28557. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery in a later date .

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to be made to the SECU Comprehensive Cancer Center at Carolina East Medical Center, New Bern, NC, addressed to Dr John Cho and Dr Svetlana Kats or the First United Methodist Church, Morehead City, NC


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