W.F. Verwey died of multiple myelome on May 17, 1979.  He received his BS in biology from Rutgers University in 1934 and his ScD in bacteriology from Johns Hopkins University School of Hygeine and Public Health in 1937.   In 1940 he joined the Medical Research Division of Merck Sharp & Dohme Research Laboratories of Merck & Company, Inc.  In 1957, he became Professor and Chair of the Department of Microbiology at the University of Texas Medical Branch and the University of Texas graduate school at Galveston where he performed studies in the cholera field.  In 1974, he took a leave to become Director of the Cholera Research Laboratory in Dacca, Bangladesh and remained in Dacca until retiring in 1977.   A long time member of the ASM, he had served as president and counselor of the EPAASM, president of the Texas Branch, and chairman of the Medical Division of national ASM.