Long-time MNA member, Bill Bliss, passed away March 29, 2010 at the age of 93. Bill was most known at MNA for his Nature Notes column in the quarterly newsletter, where he focused on a particular species of plant or animal in each issue. The column was a way for Bill to share his passion for nature with readers and MNA will be continuing the column in his honor with guest writers.
Despite his vast knowledge of the natural environment, Bill was not trained as a biologist. He received a degree in chemical engineering in 1940 from the Case Institute of technology and spent much of his career specializing in developing manufacturing processes that reduced chemical plant emissions. Bill was also an active Quaker and helped found the Quaker Earthcare Witness.
Bill lived in the Cleveland area until he and his wife, Isabel, retired to Chelsea, Michigan in 1980. In Chelsea he lived next to a beautiful fen, where he took many nature photos that he sent MNA for use in the newsletter. One of Bill’s most popular photos with MNA members was the cover photo of the July-September 2007 newsletter, a cecropia caterpillar.
Bill was active in many different environmental organizations, including MNA, and the natural world will sorely miss such a strong advocate. Bill will also be greatly missed by MNA and many of its members.