Theodore Reed Merrell Jr (1923 - 2017)

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A celebration of life for Theodore Reed Merrell, Jr. will be held in Juneau at 3:00pm on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 740 W. 10th Street. He died peacefully at the age of 94 in his Auke Bay home last November.
Ted was born and raised in Superior, Wisconsin, where he met his future wife, Doreen. After serving three years in the Army during World War II, he and Doreen were married and he completed his graduate studies in fisheries at the University of Michigan. His first professional job was with the Oregon Fish Commission where he studied the effects of dams on salmon runs.
With the federal government expanding its fisheries research facilities in Alaska, Ted and his growing family moved to Juneau in 1956. Working for the Fish and Wildlife Service, Ted supervised research on Bristol Bay red salmon and spent several summers doing fieldwork at Brooks Lake. Until his retirement in 1986, he engaged in a wide variety of research studies including environmental impacts on marine resources, the accumulation of plastic marine debris on Aleutian beaches, effects of logging, and on the habitat requirements of salmon.
After retiring Ted continued working as a consultant on the effects of marine litter, airport expansion, finfish farming, and mining projects. He was proud of his membership in numerous professional fisheries organizations and had been president of the Alaska chapter of the American Fisheries Society. He also served on the Juneau Economic Development Council, the Juneau Area State Parks Advisory Board, and the board of the Alaska Commercial Fishermen's Memorial.
Ted's ashes will be interred with Doreen's at the Shrine of St. Therese Columbarium outside Juneau.
Donations in Ted's memory may be made to Resurrection Lutheran Church Food Bank, 740 W. 10th St, Juneau, AK 99801, Glory Hole Shelter, 247 S. Franklin St., Juneau, AK 99801; or Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, 224 Gold St., Juneau, AK 99801.
Please visit to learn more about Ted's remarkable and fulfilling life.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Feb. 26 to Mar. 25, 2018
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