Cambridge and Gloucester — William (Bill) Harvey Wainwright of Cambridge and Gloucester died on August 17 at age 87. Born in Indianapolis, on October 14, 1924 to Guy A. and Jeannette (Harvey) Wainwright,
Bill was a registered engineer and architect who trained at Purdue University, Chicago Institute of Design, Cornell University, and MIT. His career as a designer included U.S. Pavilion (Montreal EXPO 1969), fiberglass kayaks, patents such as a Helicopter Jungle Landing Pad, and inventions for Lazy 8. Bill’s art work was featured in 13 solo exhibitions; most recently in “The World of Wainwright, Sculpture and Drawings 1970-2000” at Maud Morgan Arts, Cambridge, and, in 2004, in “Wright Brothers” at the Boston Sculptors Gallery, of which he was a founding member, as well more than two dozen group exhibitions, beginning at Sculpture Now Gallery, NYC in 1977. Bill’s monumental sculpture “Windwheels”, the first public art commissioned for Logan Airport (1973), was re-dedicated on May 9.
More than a dozen companies in the Boston area and across North American (including Maryland, Louisiana, Toronto, Arizona, and Connecticut) commissioned Bill’s groundbreaking kinetic sculpture. Prior to becoming a full-time artist, he co-founded Geometrics, Inc. designing geodesic domes for Buckminster Fuller, taught at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and was an active in the arts community, as co-founder of the Great Boston Kite Festival, trustee of the Institute of Contemporary Art (1971-1985), and supporter of First Night, founded by his wife, Clara. Bill enjoyed sketching nature, sailing, ocean fishing, talk radio and remote control airplanes. A generous, thoughtful, creative father, mentor, employer, and collaborator Bill Wainwright, in his last months, was cared for by dear friends and his adoring family, which includes Clara; six children, (Kristen, Andy, Sarah, Diane Connolly, Dedalus and Caroline) and their spouses; as well as 12 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Bill leaves his brother, Steve Wainwright, and family (wife Charlotte, and children Peter, Ian, Jenny and Archie). Granddaughter, Michela Harriman and brother, Tom predeceased him.
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