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William P. Lutts, who was a ham radio operator for 40 years, died Wednesday (Sept. 27, 2000) in his home. He was 55.

He was born in Niagara Falls and was a graduate of the former Youngstown High School. He was a graduate of Clarkson College, Potsdam, with a degree in electrical engineering.

He grew up in Youngstown, where he lived on the Lutts Fruit Farm, owned by his grandfather, on Calkins Road, Youngstown.

He later lived in Dallas for 25 to 30 years, returning to Lewiston at the end of 1999.

Lutts had worked as a ham radio operator since being introduced to radio by his high school teacher. His call letters were WB5LSR, and he used his radio to volunteer for community organizations, providing crowd control and emergency weather watches for many years.

He worked as an advanced design engineer at General Dynamics and for the Xerox Corp., both in Rochester, before moving with Xerox to its Dallas facility. There, he was also a partner in a small start-up company.

Lutts had unusual talent in both designing and teaching the newest technologies in computers, and he held significant positions in new product developments.

Survivors include a brother, Frank R. of Youngstown, and a dear friend, Kendra Dayger.

Services will be held at 8:30 p.m. Saturday in Hardison Funeral Home, North Fourth and Ridge streets. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

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