|William Corliss, 83|
|Written by TRF Times|
Thief River Falls - William Corliss, 83, died Wednesday, December 22, 2004 at Innovis Hospital in Fargo, N.D.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 8, 2005 at United Methodist Church in Thief River Falls, with Rev. Phil Schmidt officiating. Military honors will be provided by VFW Post 2793 and American Legion Post 117 of Thief River Falls.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday.
William S. Corliss was born December 10, 1921 in Carrington, N.D., the son of Sherman William and Date (Ashburner) Corliss. He grew up and attended high school in Winona, MN, graduating in 1941 and graduated from Winona State Teachers College in 1948, with a B.S. Degree. He served in the United States Army Air Force from 1942—1946, when he was honorably discharged.
On October 30, 1948, William was united in marriage to Marjorie Schofield in Minneapolis.
In 1949, he also graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Master’s Degree in Education. He was a teacher at Comfrey, from 1949-1950, principal at Estes Park, Colorado from 1950-1952, grade supervisor at Willmar, from 1952-1955, director of elementary education at Wayzata, from 1955-1961 and Birmingham, Mich., from 1961-1966, superintendent at Lincoln Park, Mich., from 1966-1968 and Monroeville, Pa., from 1968-1971 and also Superintendent at Thief River Falls, from 1971-1983. In 1981-1983, he was Supervisor of Program Development at Thief River Falls.
William served as Rotary President in Thief River Falls and was especially interested in vocational education and drop-out children, vice president, secretary, treasurer, board member of Who’s Who in American Education, MASA State Program Chairman, district president of MASA District, chairperson of state research committee for curriculum in Michigan, secretary of the chamber of commerce in Wayzata, Sunday School teacher, superintendent and Church Choir, member of MVA/AVA/MASA/MSBA/NSBA, listed in National Register of Educational Researchers, wrote approved State COE grant for academically able and was curling club treasurer.
His interests were bowling, golfing, curling, reading and all sports.
Survivors include his wife, Marjorie Corliss of Thief River Falls; children, William (LuAnn) Corliss Jr. of Tucson, Ariz., Curtis (Georgia) Corliss of Phoenix, Ariz. and Christopher (Marsha) Corliss of Williams, Ariz.; two grandchildren; sister, Josephine Liebhaber of Rochester and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his sisters, Betty at 4 years and Sybil Smith; and one brother, Paul Daten Corliss. A00003B2005JA05