William Loew, consultant

William R. Loew
William R. Loew
Posted: July 24, 2013

William R. Loew, 63, of Cherry Hill, a director in the Philadelphia office of Navigant Consulting, an international management services firm, died of lung cancer Friday, July 19 at his home.

Born in Paterson, N.J., Mr. Loew, known as "Billy," earned a bachelor's degree in engineering and a bachelor's in business administration, both at Rutgers University, and graduated from its law school in 1975.

After three years with a Philadelphia law firm, Mr. Loew joined Hill International of Marlton for an 18-year career.

"One of his major projects" with Hill, his wife Andrea said Monday, was that "he worked on the Chunnel," the tunnel under the English Channel between England and France that opened in 1994 after six years of construction.

"He was in England when it was a hole in the ground," his wife said.

"I think he was there for about eight weeks to assess the situation. That's what they do, is assess, so when lawsuits come," firms can respond.

"Having both engineering and law degrees," she said, the work "was a perfect fit for him."

Besides, she said, being there at the dawn of the Chunnel was fascinating.

"When my husband came home" from England, she said, "he ended up going to the kids' classes," when their three boys were in elementary and middle schools, to describe the historic project, first outlined in the time of Napoleon.

At one point, she said, Mr. Loew was in charge of the Washington office of Hill, returning to South Jersey on weekends.

For a short while after leaving Hill, she said, Mr. Loew was with High-Point Rendel, an international project consulting firm. His final work before joining Navigant was with the eastern regional claims department for URS Corp. in Philadelphia, the website for which describes it as a "provider of engineering, construction and technical services."

Mr. Loew was a "avid fan" of rock and roll, because he was "a product of the '60s," his wife said, and he and friends would make sure to attend concerts, especially those of the Allman Brothers and the J. Geils Band.

"He and his friends did road trips" to such concerts. Even after he had been diagnosed with cancer, they made a trip to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland.

Besides his wife, Mr. Loew is survived by his mother, Helen; sons Bryan, Daniel and Jacob; a sister; and two grandchildren.

A funeral service was Sunday, July 21.

Donations may be made to the food pantry of the Jewish Family & Children's Services of Southern New Jersey at www.jfcssnj.org.

Condolences may be offered to the family at www.plattmemorial.com

Contact Walter F. Naedele at 610-313-8134, wnaedele@phillynews.com or follow on Twitter @WNaedele.

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