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Services will be held at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in Wayside Presbyterian Church, S-5017 Lakeshore Road, Town of Hamburg, for William Fletcher McLimans, a retired research scientist at Roswell Park Cancer Institute who made contributions to the fields of cell biology and physiology.

McLimans, 74, died Sunday (Dec. 23, 1990) in his Hamburg home.

Born in St. Paul, Minn., McLimans completed his undergraduate and graduate work at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. He majored in bacteriology and immunology.

During World War II, he served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and worked out of the Naval Medical Research Institute from 1943 to 1946. He also was a member of the U.S. Typhus Commission and served in the China-Burma-India campaign in 1944 and 1945.

McLimans also was a research virologist at the U.S. Public Health Service's Rocky Mountain Laboratory in Hamilton, Mont., the head of the Department of Microbiology Research Division for Upjohn Co. in Kalamazoo, Mich., and a research associate professor in microbiology at the School of Medicine and School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

McLimans came to Roswell Park in 1961 as a senior scientist. While at Roswell Park, he helped obtain $2 million to $3 million in research grants. He also was a research professor for the University at Buffalo, Niagara University, Canisius College and the Graduate Division of Roswell Park.

He retired from Roswell Park and from the University at Buffalo as research professor emeritus in 1982.

During his career, he received many awards, including the Presidential Award from the International Poliomyelitis Congress in Geneva in 1957.

McLimans served as chairman of the Cell Culture Committee of the National Research Council in Washington, D.C., in 1957-58. He was a fellow of the New York Academy of Science and a member of the Board of Control Ethics of the New York State Alcohol Institute.

On McLimans' retirement, state Health Commissioner David Axelrod noted in a letter:

"With a great sense of pride and admiration, I salute you on the occasion of your retirement from the full-time faculty of the institute. Yours has been a career rich in public service, and you leave behind a legacy of achievement in the fields of cell biology and physiology."

Survivors include two sons, Jeff of Hamburg and William "Sam"; a daughter Judith Miller; a sister, Jane Gunderson; nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

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