William Perryclear, 66

Worm farmer, photographer

June 20, 2007

William Eaton Perryclear Sr., former worm farm owner and museum curator, died of esophageal cancer Monday at Anne Arundel Medical Center. The Annapolis resident was 66.

Mr. Perryclear was born in Pittsburgh and raised in Govans and Roland Park. He was a 1958 graduate of City College and earned a bachelor's degree in English literature in 1962 from Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, Pa.

Mr. Perryclear was an insurance agent from 1962 until 1975, when he moved to Delta, Pa., and established William & Mary Enterprises, a worm and organic soil farm.

After dissolving the business in 1989, he moved to the Pacific island of Koror, Palau, where he was curator of a local maritime museum.

One of his jobs, family members said, was designing a brochure for the museum that would encourage tourism, and this led to his becoming the official photographer for Palau.

Mr. Perryclear, who maintained a condominium in Annapolis, returned there earlier this year from Palau.

At his death, Mr. Perryclear, a recovering alcoholic, had celebrated 23 years of sobriety, family members said.

Services are private.

Surviving are a son, William E. Perryclear Jr. of Chesapeake, Va.; a daughter, Kimberly C. Perryclear of Annapolis; his mother, Barbara Perryclear of North Falmouth, Mass.; a brother, R. Nichols Perryclear of Cambridge, Mass.; and two sisters, Nancy Perryclear of Cambridge, Mass., and Barbara Perryclear of Rockport, Mass.

Marriages to the former Lucy Howard and Mary Monahan ended in divorce.

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