NEWPORT  – William Howard Boatwright, Senior Software Engineer, Naval Undersea  Warfare Center (NUWC) Newport, died Thursday, February 5, 2015 as a  result of an automobile accident.

Bill was born in Stonington, CT  on January 28, 1951, the son of the late Victor Taliaferro Boatwright  and Mary Howard “Billy” Boatwright. He graduated from Tabor Academy in  1970. He earned his degree in Naval Architecture from the University of Michigan,  College of Engineering in 1974 and his Masters’ of Science in Ocean  Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1981. Bill  discovered a passion for computer-aided design (CAD) and software  engineering as a Naval Architect for Brown and Root Inc. in Houston,  Texas. He assisted the development of the mathematical models commonly  used in 3-D design packages at Computervision, Sensable Inc. and Hibbit,  Karisson & Sorensen before joining NUWC in 2002. He applied his  subject matter expertise to designing, developing and integrating  Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (UUV) Guidance, Navigation, and Control  Systems. Throughout his innovative and successful professional career he  wed precise, accurate attention to detail with great imagination. His  kind and often-wild sense of humor was ever-present as well.

Bill is  survived by his beloved wife, Louisa, and cherished daughter, Victoria,  of Newport. He also leaves behind his large and loving family: his twin  brother Jack and wife Tia Lombardi of San Francisco; his sisters Dorsey  Boatwright and husband Enrique Da Cal of Barcelona and Tolly Boatwright  and husband Paul Feldblum of Durham, NC; his devoted nephews and niece,  Charlie and Phoebe Boatwright and Joseph and Sammy Feldblum; and his  cousin Betty Crowley and husband Bob of Bronxville, NY.

In addition  to his scattered but close-knit family, Bill had much wider communities.  He embraced Louisa’s family: her mother Lib Holt; her brother Emmett  Holt, wife Gwen and children Cordelia and Calvert; and her sister Carrie  Scholz, husband Chris and daughter Chelsea.

He was a brilliant  sailor who competed successfully, including in Stonington, Olympic  trials in Galveston TX, the Charles River, and Newport, where he and his  family were members at the Ida Lewis Yacht Club and Sail Newport. He  was an avid tennis player.

One of Bill’s many amazing  characteristics was his love of family, which he defined as anyone who  loved someone he loved; another was to create fun and loving times with  unforgettable memories. His loss is incalculable.

A celebration of  life will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, February 15, 2015, at the Chapel at  St. Georges School, 372 Purgatory Road, Middletown. Parking is not  available at St. Georges due to the recent snow. All parking will be at  the Atlantic Beach Club, 55 Purgatory Road, Middletown, with shuttle  service from the parking lot beginning at 12:30 p.m.; please allow extra  time.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Bill’s memory  to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, 20 Dr. Marcus F.  Wheatland Boulevard, Newport, RI 02840 ( – See more at: