LOUIS BIRD, 66
Louis E. Bird, 66, retired school
superintendent, died yesterday
morning (Feb. 20, 1942) in his
home, 114 East
Ivy St., East
Born in Ster-
ling, he received
his college de-
gree from Col-
in 1899. He
ly principle of
high schools in
For more than 14 years he was
superintendent of schools in East
He had been deacon and chair-
man of the board of trustees in
the First Baptist Church of East
Rochester and county committee-
man for the Republican party in
the town of Pittsford. He be-
longed to Retired Teachers
Group of Rochester, East Roches-
ter Lodge, F&AM, and the village
Rotary Club, of which he was sec-
retary for a number of years.
Besides his widow, Laura M.
Bird, he leaves five daughters,
Mrs. Ruth Pohill and Mrs. Eleanor
Kichline, Beacon; Mrs. Carol An-
derson, Fairport; Lois Bird, East
Rochester, and Katheryn Bird,
Oceanside L. I.; two brothers, Ar-
thur M. Bird, Newark, and Frank
A. Bird, Waterloo; and a grandson,
Robert Bruce Pohill, Beacon.
Funeral services will be conduct-
ed at 2:30 p. m. Monday in the
First Baptist Church of East Roch-
ester with the Rev. Charles Smith
officiating. Burial will be in White
Haven Memorial Park.
TRIBUTE TO LOUIS BIRD
Louis Bird has gone but hi is still
in our Rotary Club. As long as the
club exists Louis will live and make
his gentle spirit felt. Service above
self was his creed and his habit; and
all who felt his touch are better for
Gone the man, but were the Wheel
of rotary forever smashed in a world
aflame, Louis Bird would live in the
hearts of men.
February 24, 1942
Passing of Louis Bird
Causes Deep Grief
The passing of Louis Bird early
Friday morning at his home on Ivy
Street brought shock and grief to his
numberless friends in this village.
While it was generally believed for
many weeks that his long and pain-
ful illness would eventually prove
fatal, still when the news came that
he had passed away the grief was
genuine and widespread.
By reason of his quarter of a cen-
tury's connection with the East Roch-
ester schools, Mr. Bird was brought
into contact with so many persons--
pupils and patrons of the schools--
that there is hardly a home where he
was not personally known.
But, even after his retirement from
active connection with the schools,
Louis Bird made every good cause in
the community his interest. The Red
Cross, public health, retired teachers,
the Rotary Club, and last but not
least, the church which always trea-
sured his counsel, given without bias
and with the aim of common good for
His was a useful life and his use-
fulness extended to his fellow man
right up to the day he was stricken.
His associates in the activities near
his heart, as well as the community
at large will miss his kindly, dis-
interested service, his counsel and
all the other qualities which went
to make him a man admired and
loved by all who knew him.
Born in Sterling, N. Y., he received
his college degree from Colgate Uni-
versity in 1899. He came to East Roch-
ester in 1913 from Phelps, from which
he was a superintendent of the East
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Rochester schools until 1937, then he
served as superintendent in the Pen-
field High School. He was succes-
sively principle in the High Schools
in Herkimer, and Newport.
His first school was in Herkimer
where he was principle in grammer
school in 1903. While there he mar-
ried Laura Morris, who was principle
in the intermediate department of
the same school.
He has been deacon and chairman
of the board of trustees in the First
Baptist Church of East Rochester
and county committeeman for the
Republican party in the town of Pitts-
ford; also on the Red Cross commit-
tee, Public Health committee. He will
be missed on several community ac-
tivities in which he as very active.
He belonged to the Retired Teachers
Group of Rochester, the Phi Gamma
Delta Club of Rochester, East Roch-
ester Lodge, F. & A. M., and the East
Rochester Rotary club of which he
was secretary for a number of years.
The bearers were George Bluhre,
Ellis Gay, George Clark, Thomas Bro-
kenshire, Theodore Morgan, and Al-
bert Gough. Guard of honor at the
Baptist Church were Lewis Obourn,
Robert Thurman, Burton Winobren-
ner, Harlan Holder.
Besides his widow, Laura M. Bird,
he leaves five daughters, Mrs. Ruth
Pohill and Mrs. EDleanor Kichline of
Beacon, Mrs. Carol Anderson od Fair-
port, Lois Bird of East rochester, and
Katheryn Bird of Oceanside, Long
Island; two brothers, Arthur M. Bird
of Neward, N. Y., and Frank A. Bird
of Waterloo, and a grandson, Robert
Bruce Pohill of Beacon.
Funeral services were conducted
at 2:30 pm Monday in the First
Baptist Church of East Rochester
with Rev. Charles Smith officiating.
Burial in Ehite Haven Memorial.