Lawrence A. Funke, 55, chemist, professor

October 12, 2004

Lawrence A. Funke, a chemist and research grant administrator at the American Chemical Society in Washington, died of an aneurysm Oct. 5 at Howard County General Hospital. The Clarksville resident was 55.

Dr. Funke was born in Covington, Ky., and raised in Erlanger, Ky. He earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry in 1971 from the University of Dayton and his doctorate in inorganic chemistry from Michigan State University in 1976.

He was a professor at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, for six years before joining the College of Notre Dame of Maryland as a chemistry professor in 1983.

While teaching at the North Baltimore college, he met Mary L. Laverty, who was then dean of students. They married in 1988.

That year, Mr. Funke left the college to work at the American Chemical Society as assistant program administrator for its Petroleum Research Fund. He was named program director in 1998 and also directed the society's office of research grants.

Mr. Funke was a longtime active parishioner at St. Louis Roman Catholic Church in Clarksville, where a funeral Mass was offered Saturday.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Funke is survived by a son, Larry W. Funke of Columbia; his mother, Dorothy M. Funke of Erlanger; two brothers, Paul Funke of Louisville, Ky., and Bill Funke of Demossville, Ky.; and a sister, Dotty Hayes of Erlanger.

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