In our Richland Roots series, we briefly present the lives of men and women from Richland County — either by birth, or residence — that have made important contributions to American history but who may not be household names. Other posts in our series can be viewed and read here.
It’s not everyday that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) shares a eulogy. The life and work of William Wynne, however, was certainly worth noting and commemorating.
In a post entitled “NASA Photographer’s Career Documented The War and NASA Research,” NASA shared some of the life story of the photographer and photojournalist, who died earlier this year at the age of 99. After retirement, Wynne settled down on a farm near Mansfield.
The article chronicles Wynne’s life from difficult early years in Cleveland through his military service in World War II’s South Pacific Theatre to time with NASA and eventually work as a staff photographer with the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Wynne’s war reminisces, including stories of his dog Smoky, are told in the book Yorkie Doodle Dandy, is still available on Amazon.
Wynne and his wife enjoyed a large family, with 27 grandchildren, 41 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandchild at the time of his death.