William Henry Doyle

William Henry Doyle

William H. (Bill) Doyle graduated from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1931 with a BS degree in Chemistry.  He was immediately employed by the Factory Insurance Association (FIA) and assigned to the Syracuse NY Office.  In 1940, he was transferred to the Eastern Regional Office (ERO) in Hartford CT as a supervisor.  In 1945, he established the ERO Chemical Department.  He retired from FIA in 1973.

Bill was a charter member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) and was a member of its Publications Committee and Chairman from 1958 to 1963.  He served on the SFPE Board of Directors from 1971 to 1977.  He was elected a Life Member in 1973 and elected to Fellow in 1978.  He was also a member of the New England Chapter of SFPE, serving as its President from 1967 to 1969.  He was also a charter member of the Connecticut Valley Chapter (CVC) of SFPE in 1978 and helped draft its constitution.  In 1981, he was elected the CVC's first Honorary Member.

For the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AlChE), he co-founded, along with Russell L. Miller, the Loss Prevention in Chemical and Petroleum Plants Committee, which held its first Loss Prevention Symposium in 1967, in Houston TX.  This committee evolved into the Loss Prevention Symposium Committee, which continues to present symposia today and which is a major part of AIChE’s Global Congress on Process Safety.  Bill taught the AlChE Chemical Plant Loss Prevention Management Continuing Education Course for many years.  He was elected to Fellow of AlChE.

For the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Bill chaired the Hazardous Chemicals Committee and was a member of the NFPA Chemicals and Explosives Correlating Committee, Flammable and Combustible Liquids Committee, Liquefied Natural Gas Committee, and Liquefied Petroleum Gas Committee.  He was author of a number of chapters of the NFPA Fire Protection Handbook, up through the Fourteenth Edition.Bill was also a member of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Committee E-27 on Hazard Potential of Chemicals and a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers and the National Safety Council.

Bill Doyle died March 27, 1983.