In Memory of William Reginald “Reggie” Daws
(March 4, 1934- November 29, 2011)


Bill "Reggie" Dawes (1934-2011)

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William Reginald “Reggie” Dawes, 77 years old, passed from this life November 29, 2011 at Hospice Notre Dame. Reggie, a retired chemist, computer software programmer, web designer and tour guide/buggy driver lived for much of his life in New Orleans. He is preceded in death by his parents Richard and Addie Dawes of Schriever, LA, and his brother, Dr. Richard M. Dawes. Survivors include his seven children; Will (Heidi), John (Maureen), Maggie (Don Souza), Chris (Eileen), Maura and Charles Dawes and Mary Beth (Regis) Carozza and 10 wonderful grandchildren. Other survivors include his sisters, Sr. Dorothy Dawes and Mary Chawla and a brother James Dawes. Reggie, attended Jesuit High School and graduated from Loyola in 1957 with a chemistry degree. He was a 1st Lt. in the US Army and served as a Captain in the National Guard. Reggie is well known in New Orleans from his involvement with music and the folk dance group, Crescent City International Dancers.

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William Reginald Dawes12 (2 papers) was’s first webmaster. Bill was a very colorful individual and not just because he occasionally wore a bright GREEN “Santa Claus” suit. He served on the board from 1983 to 1989 and participated in CAD meetings for more than 26 years. Bill received his BS in Chemistry and Biology from Loyola College in New Orleans in 1957. He studied with Fred Billmeyer three times at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the 1960s. He also served two years in the army and was a reservist. He worked in Chemicals and Plastics for 36 years at Allied Signal and Uniroyal. A color scientist at heart, one of the greatest contributions he made was the publication of his webpages. was a free resource for all manner of color conversion tools, educational links and helpful information for the color professional. Some of Reggie’s “ColorPro/Info” pages are still available on the “Internet Archive Wayback Machine.”

Reggie was known as Bill Dawes from age 14-65. Then when he retired, he magically became “Reggie,” his New Orleans Walking Tour Guide alter ego. He reportedly changed his name also because there were so many known as Bill Dawes.

Two noteworthy quotes from his ColorPro website on his personal philosophy are “Data not shared are usually data wasted.” and What human endeavors are really worth doing? I’m sure about singing, dancing, entertaining, learning, educating, helping the needy, and giving others the chance to help me. Very little else.”