March 15, 2006 — William Richard “Bill” Gould, a generous
The son of a railroad engineer, Gould was born in
Following the war, he made his home in
Gould was deeply committed to his community and to his church. He gave his professional support to many charitable organizations and institutions of higher education. He was a founding member of both the
Gould contributed his personal papers to the J. Willard Marriott Library and participated in an oral history project though the Marriott Library. In 1992, he and his first wife, Erlyn, established an endowment in their names in support of the annual “William R. and Erlyn J. Gould Distinguished Lecture on Technology and the Quality of Life,” which focuses on technical and environmental topics and how they relate to society as a whole. Gould also provided funding for the purchase of fine arts books and medieval facsimile collections.
Gould’s first wife, Erlyn, predeceased him by 14 years. They were married for 50 years at the time of her passing. He is survived by his second wife, Mildred Johnson, daughter Erlyn Madsen, sons Bill Jr., Gilbert and Wayne, stepdaughter Sue Ann Sanft, stepsons Randall D. Johnson and Charles Marc Johnson and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held in
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in honor of William R. Gould to the William R. and Erlyn J. Gould Distinguished Lecture on Technology and the Quality of Life, J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah, 295 S. 1500 E., Salt Lake City, Utah, 84112-0860. For more information on making a contribution, call 801-581-3421.