The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

May 18, 2013

William Latte


— William “Bill” Cody Latte, a native of Utica, N.Y., lost his long-standing battle with heart disease and end stage renal failure May 15, 2013, at age 81. 

He was employed by General Electric in that city, both before and following graduation from State University. In 1963, he took a position with E-Systems (now L-3) located in Greenville.

Mr. Latte was also a Korean War veteran having honorably served as a radar and electronic instructor in the US Army in many strategic locations in the Far East.

More recently, and while at E-Systems, Mr. Latte was internationally recognized as a leading authority in the covert reconnaissance field, specializing in electromagnet compatibility design and qualification testing. He was also highly regarded as an encryption and stealth expert and held the highest government and military security clearances of his time.

Some programs in which he was decisively involved included “Polaris” (Missile Submarine), “The Pueblo Project,” “Lisa Ann,” “Gun Ship” (Helicopter and C-130 Series), “Big Safari” (Reconnaissance fleet), “AWACS,” “Looking Glass,” “Cobra Ball,” “Nighthawk,” as well as, “The nautilus” (submarine), “Apollo (Space Program), and the Presidential Aircraft fleet know as “Air Force One.”

Mr. Latte was an avid Bridge player, and held more than 100 international master points. During the past 30 years, he gave instruction for this game, both formally and informally, on a volunteer basis at the Senior Center.

He is survived by two sons, William Jr. of Bolder Creek, Calif.; Tracy (Tray) of Greenville; daughter Angela of Northville, Mich.; three grandsons and two granddaughters; and his loving sweetheart, Monica.

In accordance with his wishes Mr. Latte was enrolled and his remains were assigned to the Willed Body Program of UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.


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