William Ball of Erdenheim, PA. died July 31,2000. He graduated with a B.Sc. Degree in Biology February 1943, a M.Sc. Degree in Biology in June 1949, and an earned D.Sc. Degree in 1950 from the University of the Sciences of Philadelphia (formerly the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy & Science ). During the period in which he was in graduate school he taught Biology at the college. After graduation he taught Biology at Drexel University, in Philadelphia, Pa.

During the second World War Dr. Ball served in the South Pacific South Korea in the Medical Corps. He was a Microbiologist with a specialty in Parasitology and Malaria eradication. He was a friend of Syngman Rhee and was present at the signing of the truce. He retired from the Service as a Captain. After discharge he served in the reserves.

Dr. Ball served as Parasitologist and Microbiologist at Northern, Southern, and Northern Liberties sections of Albert Einstein Hospital. He was Co-Director and owner of the Park Clinical Laboratories in Philadelphia. When the Park Clinical Laboratories was absorbed by the Damon Clinical Laboratories bill became Microbiologist and Co-Director of this laboratory. During this time he was a consultant for the Veterans Administration Hospital in Philadelphia.

After retirement in 1981 he continued his consulting and teaching duties. He was a Professor of Biology at Beaver College and then became Chairman of the Science Department. During this time he also taught Microbiology in the evenings at Chestnut Hill College of Philadelphia, Pa. He also served as a Microbiologist at the Kennedy Hospital in N.J.

Dr. Ball was given an honor from the Chapel of Four Chaplains. This award was given in recognition of outstanding service to all people regardless of race or faith.

Dr. Ball was a member of the Eastern Pennsylvania Branch of the American Society for Microbiology, and of the National American Society for Microbiology (ASM). He was made emeritus in both groups upon retirement. In the local branch of the ASM he served on the Workshop committee for many years, and was Co-Chairman of that committee along with Dr. Alan Evangelista. Bill also was a member of the American Society of Bioanalysts (AAB). Dr. Ball was active in the Erdenheim, Pa. Town Watch, and was also active in the Township Meetings, where he resided with his wife.

Dr. Ball leaves behind his wife, Sylvia, a son David Ball, a daughter Lisa, and two grandchildren, Rebecca and Matthew. He was very supportive of his family and especially of his wife, Sylvia, when she ran for township treasurer in 1996. He also volunteered in Red Cross Blood Bank Drives, and was in charge of a region. He was also active with his wife in working with retarded children (PARC) and in other hospital activities. He was a member of the Ex-resident Society of Albert Einstein hospital for over 40 years.

Dr. Ball’s professional contributions and warm friendship will be greatly missed.

Henry Beilstein, Ph.D.
Eastern PA Branch, ASM