David Trevor LewisUMBC sociologistDavid Trevor Lewis, a...

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August 01, 1993

David Trevor Lewis

UMBC sociologist

David Trevor Lewis, a sociologist and authority on world population who helped found the University of Maryland Baltimore County, died Friday at St. Agnes Hospital.

Dr. Lewis, 73, collapsed Thursday before he was to address a volunteer recognition ceremony at the Charlestown Retirement Community, where he had lived since 1986. The hospital attributed his death to complications from a stroke.

Born in Llantrisant, Wales, Dr. Lewis served three years during World War II as a pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force.

He taught sociology and anthropology at Miami University in Ohio from 1947 until 1966. That year, he was the first of six deans hired when UMBC opened on Wilkens Avenue in Catonsville.

Though he was a dean and department chair for several years before his retirement from UMBC in 1985, Dr. Lewis always returned to his first love, teaching.

"The courses I teach, the subjects I deal with, aren't happy courses," he once said. "Race relations, for instance -- I mean, that isn't a happy course. And you look at things like world population -- hell, I gave my first lecture on the problems of world population in 1947, and things have only gotten worse."

But friends and colleagues described Dr. Lewis as an optimist who was a natural organizer and inspiration to others.

"He was one of those fortunate people who would never have grown old had he lived to be 100," said Homer W. Schamp Jr., the dean of faculty who recruited Dr. Lewis. "His enthusiasm and knowledge of his subject made it possible for him to contribute substantially to the solution of local problems."

Dr. Lewis was involved in political and community activities in Baltimore. He was a longtime board member and president of Baltimore Neighborhoods Inc., an organization devoted to fair housing; a member of the Baltimore Urban Coalition and of the Maryland Commission on the Status of Women. He served on the Baltimore County Planning Board in the early 1980s.

Dr. Lewis helped organize a documentary photography project, "Neighborhood: A State of Mind."

In 1979, he organized a series of lectures on the energy crisis that were sponsored by UMBC and The Baltimore Sun. He lectured on population problems and conducted presidential polls for WBAL-TV.

In retirement, Dr. Lewis twice visited Wales. He threw himself into activities at Charlestown. He helped establish a partnership that brought UMBC lecturers to Charlestown and taught a duplicate bridge class.

Dr. Lewis earned his bachelor's degree at Central Michigan University in 1942, his master's at Ohio State University in 1947 and his doctorate at Ohio State in 1960.

In 1944, he and Jeannette Thompson, an editor with whom he traveled to Mississippi in the 1960s to work for civil rights, were married. She died in 1988.

In 1989, Dr. Lewis married Kathryn Winters.

He also is survived by two sons, John Lewis of San Francisco and Michael Lewis of Denver; and a granddaughter.

A memorial service will be conducted at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday in Our Lady of the Angels Chapel at the Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville.

The family suggested contributions to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.

Yale Merrill

Public relations official

Yale Merrill, a former Baltimore journalist and public relations official for Bethlehem Steel Corp., died Friday of heart failure at the Jewish Convalescent and Nursing Home. He was 87.

"He was a great writer, and he liked people," Abel J. Merrill said of his father's varied career.

His entered the newspaper business in 1922 as a copy boy for the old Baltimore News. Before long he became a general assignment and sports writer. At the age of 22, he was sent to Amsterdam to cover the Johns Hopkins lacrosse team in the 1928 Summer Olympics.

In a retrospective piece written for The Sun 50 years later, he wrote: "As a young reporter for the Baltimore Post, it was my good fortune to see the Hopkins team win an exciting post-season series with Maryland, Rutgers, Army, Navy and the Mount Washington Club and earn the right to go to Holland. I covered their matches with the best teams of England and Canada."

From 1924 to 1934, Mr. Merrill covered sports and news and worked as a copy editor for the Atlantic City Press-Union, the Washington Star and Herald, the Baltimore Post and the Pittsburgh Press. He also worked for news services locally, including United Press and Reuters.

When the Baltimore Post was acquired by the Baltimore News in 1934, he left newspaper work and opened a public relations and advertising agency in Baltimore. He operated the Yale Merrill Co. until 1942. He reopened the company in 1961.

In 1941 he was named the Maryland director of the Office of War Information and conducted two radio programs weekly to inform the public about the war effort. When the office -- and his position -- were dissolved in 1943, he joined Bethlehem Steel as its Baltimore district public relations director where he worked until 1961.

He had also worked for the Van Sant, Dugdale advertising agency and did public relations work for the Glenn L. Martin Co.

A 1924 graduate of Baltimore City College, he attended the University of Maryland School of Law.

Mr. Merrill was the founder and former president of the Baltimore Public Relations Council.

He was a member of the boards of the Baltimore Big Brother League, the Heart Association of Maryland, the Hebrew Free Loan Society of Baltimore and the Chizuk Amuno Congregation.

In 1935 he and Evelyn B. Cordish were married. Mrs. Merrill died in 1982.

He is survived by three sons, Abel J. Merrill of Annapolis, Michael A. Merrill of Riderwood and Jonathan Merrill of New York; a sister, Kay Merrill Hillman of New York; and six grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Sol Levinson Bros. funeral home, 6010 Reisterstown Road.

The family suggests contributions to Associated Jewish Charities, 101 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore 21201.

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