William Meredith Merrill 1918 - 2007 Baldwin City
William Meredith Merrill, 88, Baldwin City, died Tuesday, March 6, 2007, in Baldwin City after a short illness.He was born Dec. 1, 1918, in Detroit, the son of James and Isabelle LeBombard Merrill. He graduated from Michigan State University in 1940 and received a Ph.D. from Ohio State University in 1950.He served in the U.S. Army as a lieutenant in the mechanized cavalry. He served in combat as a tank commander in North Africa, Italy and France and retired with the rank of major. He was a faculty member at the University of Illinois and chairman of geology at Syracuse University before he came to Kansas University in 1963 as professor and chairman of the department of geology. He was an expert in stratigraphy and sedimentology and authored many papers and textbooks prior to his retirement from KU more than 30 years later. Survivors include four sons, Russell, Dover, Del.; Wood, San Diego; Douglas, Iowa City; and Timothy, New York.