Marblehead — William A. Ludlam, age 86 years, of Marblehead, formerly of Swampscott, died Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Lafayette Skilled Nursing Center in Marblehead after a brief illness. He was the husband of the late Eleanor M. (Currie) Ludlam, and Gloria (Gendron) Ludlam.
Born in Swampscott, he was the son of the late Albert and Bessie Ludlam. He attended Swampscott Schools and graduated from Swampscott High School, Class of 1943. He attended Harvard University before enlisting in the Army. He served as a Mortar Platoon Sergeant, 87th Acorn Division, during the battle of the Bulge.
He graduated from Northeastern University, with a BSE, and later obtained his MBA, and Masters in Theology from Northeastern. He was employed at the Andrew Alford Company, where he erected the first TV tower on the top of Mt. Washington, and the first TV tower on top of the Empire State Building. He was later employed at Sylvania Electric and Lockheed, and was involved in the design of the radar systems for the Minuteman Missile System, as well as advanced Air Force bombers.
Bill was very involved in the Church of the Redeemer in Swampscott before he moved to Marblehead. After retiring, he taught Adult Education Classes at Endicott College in Beverly, primarily discussing the great classics of literature.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, John Ludlam of Francistown, NH, Jeff Ludlam of British Virgin Islands, one daughter Joan Ludlam of Oakland, CA, one grandson Joshua Leighton of Boston, stepson Richard and his wife Leslie Gilman of South Orange, NJ, and his step-grandson Jared Gilman of South Orange, NJ.
ARRANGEMENTS: Bill’s visiting hours will be at the Parker Funeral Home, 35 Franklin St., Lynn, on Wednesday from 11 to1 PM, followed by a funeral service at 1 PM to which relatives and friends are invited. Burial will follow in Swampscott Cemetery. Please make memorial donations in Bill’s name to Endicott College, c/o David Patch, 50 Surrey Lane, Boxford, MA 01921. Guest book at parkermemorialfuneralhome.com