FEBRUARY 19, 1942 - JUNE 1, 1997

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa-----Services for William E. Spellman, Cedar Rapids, were held in Sinclair Auditorium on the Coe College campus. 

Mr. Spellman, a native of Osawatomie, KS. died Sunday, June 1, 1997 in Mercy Medical Center following a brief illness. 

He was born Feb. 19, 1942 in Osawatomie, the son of Merle and Lula Needham Spellman.  He grew up in Osawatomie and was a 1960 graduate of Osawatomie High School. 

Dr. Spellman had been with Coe College since 1970 as a teacher.  In 1984 he became the George R. Baker professor of economics and business administration at the college. 

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Baker University in Baldwin City, KS. in 1965; his Master's Degree in economics from Kansas State University in 1966; and his Philosophy Degree in Economics from KSU in 1970. 

He received awards from General Electric Fellow for Applied Economics, University of Chicago, in 1973 and the Murray Research Fellowship in 1984.  He authored numerous publications and was assistant football coach at Coe College. 

He was member of Solon United Methodist Church, American Arbitration Assoc., American Economic Assoc., Midwest Economic Assoc., Economic History Society, Iowa Academy of Social and Political Science, Omicron Delta Epsilon, Phi Kappa Phi Honorary, Industrial Relations Research Assoc., Delta Tau Kappa International Social Science honorary, Iowa Academy of Arbitrators, North Central Assoc. and Association for Social Economics. 

He was a federal mediation and conciliation service arbitrator and was on the Iowa Public Employee Relations Board and the North Central Association Review Committee. 

He and Donna S. DeNota were married Sept. 4, 1965 in Kansas City, Kansas.

Survivors include his wife, Donna, of the home; a daughter, Kathy Spellman, Canton, Miss.; a brother, Charles Spellman, Parsons, KS; two sisters, Rita Nichols, Topeka, KS and Avis Rush of Lane, KS; and three grandchildren. 

The Rev. Douglas Peters officiated. Burial was in the Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.

A Memorial has been established in his name to Coe College.

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