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William Tatum had a desire to become a track and field athlete and his teammates said that he could not run because he finished too far back and was holding up the track meet. His mother said, "your uncle was a great Harvard athlete", and that inspired William to become serious about running. He subsequently defeated the juniors and seniors at the annual cross country race in 1950, and became the New England half-mile champion.(880 yards).
He also was a member of the 2-mile American Championship at the Penn
Relays. He participated in the seventh corps championship held in Stuttgart Germany in 1955.
William attended Boston University in the year 1959 and left to form Nuclear Instruments & Accessories Inc. At the time, the U.S. Government was providing Atomic Energy Equipment Grants for $25.000 From 1962 - 1973 William was the President of International Funding Company functioning in Liberia, Sierre Leone, West Africa and the Congo, Kinshasa. From 1974 through 2005 William was the Founder of various companies.
Tatum has been involved in the Diamond Business from 2004 onward and formed the Uncle Goose Society, LLC to promote scholarship funds at his high school. In 2005, William established the Edward Orville Gourdin Company to pay homage to his uncle Gourdin. In 2010, he established the Getty's Address , LLC to provide scholarship funds at high schools throughout America
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