Deane W. Merrill
May 9, 1938 ~ February 16, 2014
Resided in: Asheville, NC
Dr. Deane W. Merrill, Jr., 75, of Asheville, died on February 16, 2014 after several months with cancer. Prior to moving to North Carolina in 2006, he lived in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, and before that, he lived in Berkeley, CA for 25 years. Born May 9, 1938, Deane grew up in South Orange, NJ. He was graduated from Deerfield Academy in MA in 1956 and was a National Merit Scholar. In 1960 he was graduated summa cum laude from Williams College in MA. During his graduate studies at University of CA at Berkeley, he received a Ph.D. in 1967 in high energy nuclear physics in the research group of Luis W. Alvarez. Later, after three years in Paris working for the French Atomic Energy Commission, Dr. Merrill returned to UC Berkeley where he received a second doctorate--in Public Health and Epidemiology--in 1998 while working at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. He retired and he and his wife bought his ancestral family home in Shelburne Falls, MA, which had been built by his great-great-grandfather in 1852, and created "Bear Haven" Bed and Breakfast. In 2006 he moved to Asheville and taught physics at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. Deane sang in the San Francisco Bay Area men's Slavic chorus "Slavyanka" for 30 years. The chorus made three trips to the former Soviet Union and performed there. His principal interest was genealogy, and he created numerous Web pages for his family history. He was the son of Deane W. Merrill and Harriet R. Merrill, formerly of South Orange, New Jersey. His grandparents were Charles A. Merrill and Eleanore G. Merrill of East Orange, NJ and Reginald P. Ray and Emma T. Ray of White Plains, NY and South Salem, NY. Dr. Merrill is survived by his wife, Anna Christine Morben Merrill of Asheville, and his daughter Eleanore Merrill of Chile, and two granddaughters Chilenne and Noa, and one great-granddaughter Yuala. He is also survived by two brothers, Charles Merrill of Denver and Jonathan Merrill of Asheville, and two stepchildren, Jeannie Woods of Asheville, and David Woods of New York City. Funeral arrangements to be determined. Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road is assisting the Merrill family.