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writer for magazines and World
War II Navy combat flier, died at
his horde in Indianapolis, Ind., in
October. He joined the News in
1941, then left to join the Navy,
serving in the Pacific Theater. He
returned in 1945. During the past
seven years, while suffering from leukemia. Brother Angelopolous did
free-lance writing and had articles
published in several national magazines, among them The Saturday
Evening Post, and in an annual publication called Best Sports Stories.
He was known as an authority on
automobile racing and football. He
published a book on the Indianapolis
500 and was working on a manuscript
about the late race, driver Bill Vukovich. He was a member of the Greek
Joshua S. Zimmerman (RandolphMacon '91) died in Williamsport,
Md., Sept. 2. He had practiced law in
Romney, W.Va., for 66 years. He held
his law degree from Columbia College, now George Washington University, and began the practice of
law in Romney in 1896. He served
by appointment and election a number of years as prosecuting attorney
of Hampshire County. Brother Zimmerman was active in politics and
was elected to the West Virginia
House of Delegates in 1920 where he
was made floor leader of his party.
He was a member of the Methodist
Church and a Golden Legionnaire of
William Harold Fix (Washington
'17) died at his home in Seattle,
Wash., May 9. As an undergraduate
he was piano accompanist of the
University of Washington Glee Club.
He started in the investment securities business with Ferris and Hardgrove (Joel E. Ferris [Illinois '95]) in
Spokane, Wash. For the last fifteen
years he had been associated with
Hughbanks, Inc., a recognized expert
on municipal bond financing. Always
a loyal Phi, he had been active in
the Seattle Alumni Club of A
for many years. He had lived in
Seattle for 40 years.
Brother Fix was one of six Phis in
two generations: John Penn Fix
(Idaho '13)> Carl Blissett Fix (Washington '20), Lynwood W. Fix (Washington '21), William C. Fix (Washington '48), John Penn Fix, Jr. (Stanford '50), all of whom survive.
George Frederic Ashley (California
'08) died in Oakland, Calif., Sept.
24. A prominent architect. Brother
Ashley studied in New York and at
the Beaux Arts School in Paris fol-
lowing his graduation from the University of California. He was sent
to Oakland by a New York firm
which designed the city hall there
and in 1913 went to Shanghai where
he served as chief architect for the
China Realty Company. He returned
to the United States in 1921 and as a
member of the San Francisco architectural firm of Ashley, Keyser and
Runge, designed many buildings in
California, including tlie headquarters
building for Wells Fargo Bank in
San Francisco. A native of San Francisco, he was a member of the Olympic Club and the American Institute
of Architects. He was a Golden
Legionnaire of A G.
Among the survivors is a brother,
Harold H. Ashley (California '10),
Thomas Clifford McDiU (Miami '97)
died in Oxford, Ohio, Oct. 12. For
many years Brother McDill operated
an insurance agency in Oxford and
later served as a member of the Oxford police force, retiring several
years ago. He was a Golden Legionnaire of A G.
Harold J. Shelden, Jr. (Wyoming
'38) died in Alzada, Mont., Oct. 14.
A veteran of World War II, he was
a B-29 squadron leader and was
awarded several medals and Congressional commendations. In 1961,
Brother Shelden became inteirested
in weather modification through cloud
seeding. He studied everything he
could find on the subject and that
summer rented a plane and organized
a company to carry out cloud seeding operations. His studies and actual
work in that area were instrumental
in bringing to the School of Mines
and the Black Hills area a grant for
further studies in this field.
Irving M. Baker (Colorado '23)
died in Newark, N.J., where he was
attending a company conference, Aug.
8. For the past fourteen years he
had been associated with Western
Electric in Buffalo, N.Y. He had
been with Western Electric since his
graduation at Colorado at their Hawthorne Works and at Kearny Works
where he remained for 21 years until
his transfer to Buffalo where he was
plant comptroller. Brother Baker was
active in community affairs and had
served as a vestryman of St. Paul's
Among the survivors is a son. Dr.
Bruce E. Baker (Colorado '55), Rochester, N.Y.
Clark R. Churchill, Jr. (Kansas
'46) died at his home in Prairie Village, kan., Nov. 14. He was associated with the Mann-Kline insurance
firm in Kansas City and had been
active in several civic groups. He
was current president of the University of Kansas alumni chapter in Kansas City and had served from 1958-60
as a Prairie Village city councilman.
A veteran of World War II, he served
three years in England and France as
a medical corps sergeant.
Claire M. Burcky (Knox '25), picture editor of the Chicago Tribune
Magazine, died at his home in Park
Ridge, 111., in December. His career
in journalism began when he left
Knox College to join the staff of the
and continued through associations in Cleveland and Pittsburgh until he joined'
the Tribune staff. After serving as
a copy editor on the telegraph desk
and as night picture editor, in 1SS6
he was appointed picture editor of
the magazine, the position he held
at the time of his death.
Melvin Wilbur Smith (Dartmouth
'98) died in Dunedin, Fla., Aug. 23,
A former teacher. Brother Smith
later joined the traffic department of
Sears Roebuck and Co., and finished
his career as freight claim adjustor
with Chicago, Burlington .and Quincy
R. R., retiring in 1944. He had
been active in the First Church of
Christ, Scientist in La Grange, 111.,
before moving to Dunedin some years
ago. He was a Golden Legionnaire
of A G.
Clarence William Laird (Washington State '22) died in Portland, Ore.,
Oct. 4. A retired district freight
agent for Canadian Pacific, he began
his career with the Northern Pacific
in Spokane, Wash., moved to Portland with the Milwaukee Road and
changed to Canadian Pacific which
he served for 35 years prior to his
retirement in 1960.
Dayle S. Robinson (Ohio State '16)
died in Bay Pines Veterans' Hospital
St. Petersburg, Fla., Sept. 10. A native
of Zanesville, Ohio, Brother Robinson served in France as a first lieutenant in World War I. After his
discharge, he was associated with
the General Motors Corp. He and
his family moved to Sarasota, Fla., in
1937 and during World War II, he
again served the United States as an
automotive instructor in Sumter, S.C.
Upon his return to Sarasota hei rejoined the General Motors Corp.