William Irvin Frels, Ph.D.


William Irvin Frels, 70, died Aug. 21, 2019, in Southwest Harbor. He was born Oct. 27, 1948, to Irvin Edward Frels and Doris Olson Frels at Trinity Hospital in Cable, Wis.

William grew up in a loving home on the family’s dairy farm. This is where his work ethic was established. Morning chores and milking were the expected routine.

While at Cable Union High School, William developed a serious interest in math and decided this would be his course of study going forward. Four years later, he graduated cum laude from Wisconsin State University, receiving the degree of Bachelor of Science. In 1972, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology conferred upon William Irvin Frels the degree of Master of Science in Physics.

When William was in South Dakota, he explored much of the West, including Utah with its national parks, Arches and Canyonlands. These were two of his favorites. William loved nature and the natural world. He was very active, enjoying biking, hiking, skiing or snowshoeing and long canoe trips with his many friends. His love of nature was contagious, and passed on to his children, Shantel Frels and wife, Julia Frels, of Catonsville, Md., and Branden Frels and wife, Brandy Frels, of Westminster, Md.

Wiliam’s final degree was a doctorate in molecular biology from New York University at Buffalo. This was his field of work for many years in Maryland until he retired. He then moved to Maine to be with his wife, Jill. After retiring, he did some consulting. He enjoyed biking to Seawall for picnic dinners often, volunteering at Charlotte Rhodes Garden and sunset walks up Beech Mountain.

William is survived by sister Judy and husband, Duane Lewison, and daughter Heiley of Middleton, Wis.; sister Debra Frels of Chicago, Ill.; brother Christopher and wife, Rose Frels, of San Diego, Calif.; brother Mark Frels of Cable, Wis.; brother Carl and wife Jessica Frels, and daughter Hannah of Dalton, Pa.; nephew Ryan Frels (son of John Frels) of Minnesota. William was predeceased by sister Janet Frels of Cable, Wis., and Minnesota and brother John Frels of Cable, Wis., and Minnesota.

Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mount Desert. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.

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