William Alexander Mun- roe of Port Aransas died on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010. He was 87. Born in Cherry Tree, Pa. on Sept. 9, 1922, he attended Virginia Military Institute where he joined the army to go to war in 1942.
He married Maryann Haucke in 1946. Munroe began his military career as a horse cavalryman, saw combat in Germany, then transferred to the Philippines where he was attached to an engineering unit. He joined the reserves when the war ended and retired out as a nuclear weapons specialist with the rank of colonel. He graduated from Texas A&M University in 1952 with a degree in architecture and pursued his career after moving to Houston.
After retirement he volunteered as a mentor at Housman Elementary in Houston and taught English as a Second Language to adults.
Munroe was an artist in drawing and watercolor, and a cartoonist.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years; daughter Cameron (Rick) Pratt; granddaughter Michele Applegate, grandson Stephen Bridgeman; great-granddaughter Rebecca Bridgeman; great-grandson Connor Applegate; and brother Thomas William (Elizabeth) Munroe.
Graveside services will be held at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio on Wednesday, Sept. 15, at 11:45 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to the Helping Hands Food Pantry of Port Aransas, the Port Aransas Museum or the Port Aransas Education Foundation.