[Washington, PA "Observer-Reporter"]
Washington & Jefferson professor, genealogist, historian
Raymond Martin Bell, 92, of Coralville, Iowa, died Monday, April 12, 1999, in University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, following complications from a stroke on Saturday.
Dr. Bell was born March 21, 1907, in Weatherly, a son of the Rev. Frank and Marion Estelle Seibert Thompson.
He received his A.B. degree in 1928 at Dickinson College in Carlisle and his doctorate in physics from Pennsylvania State University in 1937.
From 1937 until 1975, Dr. Bell was a professor of physics at Washington and Jefferson College.
He was a fellow of the American Society of Genealogists and historian emeritus with the Western Pennsylvania United Methodist Conference.
Dr. Bell was a longtime contributor to local history and genealogy through his research and writing, and he was honored with a Life Membership in the Genealogical Society of Southwestern Pennsylvania in Washington.
On March 28, 1942, in Wilmore, he married Lillian Mae Kelly, who survives.
In 1995, he and his wife moved to Coralville and became members of Coralville United Methodist Church.
Surviving are a son, Dr. Edward F. Bell of Iowa City, Iowa; two daughters, Carol B. Macomber of Prairie Village, Kan., and Martha B. Butler of Elkton, Va.; five grandchildren, Kelly, Jeffrey, Adam, Lauren and Justin; and three great-grandchildren.
BELL - Friends of Raymond Martin Bell of Coralville, Iowa, who died Monday, April 12, 1999, will be received after 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., the hour of services, Wednesday, April 14, in Lensing's Oak Hill Funeral Service, Coralville, Iowa, with the Rev. Don Hodson officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Washington and Jefferson College.