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William E. Moran, who was active in Fredonia-area civic organizations, died Monday (March 23, 1998) in Hamot Medical Center, Erie, Pa. He was 85.

Formerly of Chestnut Street, Moran was a graduate of Warren, Pa., High School and earned a bachelor of science degree from University of Buffalo and a master of science degree in geology and paleontology from the University of Pittsburgh.

During World War II, Moran served as a radio operator in the Army Air Force, with the 755th Bomb Squadron of the 458th Bombardment Group.

Moran retired as a personnel specialist for the Bureau of the Census. He also was employed by the Department of the Army and the Bureau of Standards.

Moran worked in vertebrate paleontology for both the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

He was a charter member of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology.

In civic activities, Moran was on the board of directors for the Darwin R. Barker Library and Historical Museum and a member of the restoration committee for the Fredonia Opera House in Village Hall.

He was an ordained deacon and an elder for the First Presbyterian Church of Fredonia.

Survivors include a daughter, Jean Ehnebuske of Georgetown, Texas; a son, William A. of Westfield; two brothers, Robert of Bailey Island, Maine, and Frank of Daytona Beach, Fla.; four grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

He and the former Lois Allen, who died in 1988, were married 49 years.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in First PresbyteOVER 3 LNsrian Church, Central Avenue, Fredonia. Burial be in Webster Street Cemetery.

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