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William H. Von Dreele

Von DREELE
William H., 88, passed away on January 19, 2013 in Paramus. NJ. He is survived by his sister, Elizabeth von Dreele, of Allendale, NJ. Bill served with the US Army's 78th Infantry Division; he fought in the European theatre, participating in the Battle of the Bulge, the Remagen Bridge crossing, among other campaigns. Bill graduated from Middlebury College and went on to earn the Master of Arts degree from New York University. Bill worked as a writer in the communications department at IBM for a quarter of a century, retiring from this position in 1979. During that time and beyond he contributed political verse to National Review; his verse was later published in book form entitled "If Liberals Had Feathers, Gee, What a Hunter I would be and There's Something about a Liberal". In an unusual writing assignment in 1991, Bill was commissioned by William F. Buckley, Jr. to write new interludes for Camille Saint-Saen's Carnival of the Animals, to replace the original verse written by Ogden Nash. The premiere of the musical work took place in Stamford, CT, with Mr. Buckley narrating. After retiring from IBM, Bill was invited to contribute verse regularly in two weekly papers: The Litchfield County Times and the New York Observer. In 1997 Bill was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters by Middlebury College in recognition of his writings. Funeral arrangements will be private and entrusted to C.C. Van Emburgh Funeral Home in Ridgewood, NJ. Donations to Dell Ridge Health Center, 532 Fairview Avenue, Paramus, NJ, in his memory would be appreciated.
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Published in The Record/Herald News on Jan. 27, 2013
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