William E. Summerbell
William E. Summerbell, 83, the president of the William E. Summerbell machine tool
distribution company, of Arlington, since he founded it in 1949, died of cancer Oct. 6,
2000.... at the Hospice of Northern Virginia. He lived in Arlington.
Mr. Summerbell, who was born in Philadelphia, grew up in Washington. He was a 1935
graduate of Western High School, where he earned all-city football honors, and a 1939
graduate of Clemson University, where he was soccer team captain.
During World War II, he served with the Army in the Mediterranean theater, including time
with the British 8th Army in North Africa. He received the Bronze Star.
He was a founder and past chairman of the Washington chapter of the National Kidney
Foundation, a past board chairman of Georgetown Presbyterian Church, past chapter
chairman of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, a 50-year member of the Annapolis
Yacht Club and a member of the Thad Dulin American Legion Post. He also was a master
Mason of the Hiram-Takoma Lodge and a 14-year member of Alcoholics Anonymous.
His first wife, Dorothy, died in 1959. His second marriage, to Tracy Summerbell, ended in
divorce. A son by his first marriage, Ronnie, died in 1986.
Survivors include a son by his first marriage, Billy, and a brother, Dale, both of Arlington;
four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.