Bodega Harbour developer passes on
William Chamberlain, developer of Bodega Harbour in Bodega Bay, died May 5 at age 91. Chamberlain was born in Providence, Rhode Island but grew up in Hartford, Connecticut. In World War II he served as a B-29 navigator. He attended Brown University on the GI Bill, studying electrical engineering. He was employed by General Dynamics where he worked with Admiral Rickover in designing the first nuclear submarine. He married Bernadette Mitchel in 1957. In 1963 he moved to California, and while working for Utah Construction and Mining he helped oversee the construction of the BART trans-bay tube and the San Luis Rey reservoir. In 1968 Chamberlain struck out on his own, founding Transcentury Properties. He was responsible for a number of developments including Bodega Harbour. In 1992 his wife Bernadette died. Chamberlain remarried Clair Carew. He resided in Palo Alto since 1972. He is survived by his wife Clair, five children, and ten grandchildren. A memorial and celebration of his life is scheduled August 18. 2012 at St. Albert the Great Church in Palo Alto.