Archive for Tuesday, October 20, 1998


October 20, 1998


Memorial services for William J. Bell, 55, McLouth, will be at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday at Danforth Chapel on the Kansas University campus.

Mr. Bell, a professor of entomology at KU, died Saturday, Oct. 17, 1998, at his McLouth home.

He was born on Jan. 10, 1943, in Boston, the son of William and May Bell.

He showed early promise for excellence in science, which led to the National Science Foundation awarding him undergraduate research fellowships during both 1962 and 1963. He earned a bachelor's degree in biology and education, with various honors accorded, in 1964 from Bridgewater State College, Bridgewater, Mass., and a master's in zoology in 1966 from the University of Massachusetts. In 1969 he earned a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania for his seminal work on the developmental biology of insects.

Following a one-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Texas that was sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, Mr. Bell in 1970 was appointed assistant professor of entomology at KU.

At KU, he became a full professor at the age of 33. He served as associate dean of research administration from 1974-1976 and as chair of the entomology department from 1987-1993.

In 1986, he was awarded the Olin Petefish Award for Research Accomplishments in Basic Sciences at KU.

Between 1970 and 1996, he trained nine master's and 18 doctoral students in his laboratory. Scientists from around the world have come to KU to conduct collaborative research with him.

His research was continuously supported by funding from the National Science Foundation (nine grants), the National Institutes of Health (three grants, including a prestigious Research Career Development Award), the United States Department of Agriculture, and several private foundations.

During the 1980s, he served on review panels for the NSF and USDA.

He also served as editor of the Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society (1982-1984) and Environmental Entomology (1984-1987) and as a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Insect Physiology. Mr. Bell initiated the Journal of Insect Behavior in 1988 and served as its editor until his death.

Mr. Bell was author of more than 100 research and review articles on various topics in insect behavior, development and physiology. He also wrote two books and edited an additional four books on insect biology, orientation behavior, and chemical ecology.

At the time of his death he was completing his third book on the biology of cockroaches, a subject for which his expertise was internationally recognized. This book will be published posthumously by Chapman & Hall.

Survivors include a son, Calder Bell of Yachats, Ore.; his parents, William and May Bell, Melbourne, Fla.; a sister, June Little, Mission Viejo, Calif.; and his former wife, Claire, of Eugene, Ore.

Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


Services for Earl F. Cutler, 85, Lawrence, will be private. Cremation is planned.

Mr. Cutler died Monday, Oct. 19, 1998, at Presbyterian Manor.

He was born May 2, 1913, in Joliet, Ill., the son of Ralph and Lena Sievert Cutler. He had been a resident of Lawrence since 1970.

He was the founder of Cutler Repaving Inc. of Lawrence. Prior to moving to Lawrence, he had been a member of the Lions Club and volunteer fire department in Palos Park, Ill.

He served as an elder at the First Presbyterian Church in Palos Park, Ill., a trustee at the First Presbyterian Church in Barrington, Ill., and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Lawrence.

He married Ruth Geuther on June 25, 1938, in Mokena, Ill. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include a daughter, Darlene Wiley, Austin, Tex.; a son, Douglas, Albuquerque, N.M.; a sister, Evelyn Vaden, Franklin, Tenn.; and four grandchildren.

Warren-McElwain Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.


Princeton -- Graveside services for Albert L. Michel, 83, Lawrence, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Princeton Cemetery.

Mr. Michel died Sunday, Oct. 18, 1998, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

He was born Dec. 27, 1914, in Franklin County, the son of Leon L. and Grace E. Weaver Michel. He graduated from Ottawa High School in 1932. He had lived in Ottawa and Franklin County his entire life until moving to Lawrence in 1985.

He worked at National Sign Co. of Ottawa in the 1940s. In the '50s he was in the maintenance department at Sunflower Ordnance Co. Plant in DeSoto. In the 1960s and '70s he was a mechanic, working for the Ottawa Ford dealership for many years and Ray Smith Ford in Kansas City, Mo., before retiring in 1974.

He was a former member of the Aerie No. 1700, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Ottawa.

Survivors include a son, Dennis, Lawrence; a brother, Thomas Michel, Ottawa; a sister, Katherine Fouts, Ottawa; and two grandchildren.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. today until service time at Dengel & Son Mortuary, Ottawa.

The family suggests memorials to the Visiting Nurses Assn. of Lawrence, sent in care of the mortuary, 235 S. Hickory, Ottawa 66067.


Tonganoxie -- Services for Betty Marie Cook Owens, 65, Tonganoxie, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at West Haven Baptist Church, Tonganoxie. Burial will be in Bonner Springs Cemetery, Bonner Springs.

Ms. Owens died Sunday, Oct. 18, 1998, at her home.

She was born Jan. 6, 1933, in Bogard, Mo., the daughter of Octave and Jewel Cook.

She was a member of the West Haven Baptist Church, Tonganoxie.

Survivors include two daughters, Sandra Rickey, Tonganoxie, and Vicky Buck, Kansas City, Kan.; a sister, Mary Margaret Faulconer, Lawrence; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

The family will meet friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Alden-Harrington Funeral Home, Bonner Springs.

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