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William Edward Elstran of Chapel Hill died Feb. 4 after an extended illness. He was 65.

Born and raised in Chippewa Falls, Wis., he quarterbacked at Chippewa High, where his team records from 1954-55 stand to this day. He was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire and received a master's degree from Stanford and a doctorate from the University of Southern California. He spent 30 years with the Department of Defense Dependents Schools in Europe. He retired to Chapel Hill in 1989, where he wrote and worked in his woodshop. He served as local president and Region III co-director of Torch International. In the summer of 2003 he was recognized with a distinguished alumnus award from Chippewa High School.

There will be a memorial celebration at a later date.

Survivors include his wife, Sydney, of the home; daughter, Linden of Brooklyn, N.Y.; a son, Clete, of Smyrna, Tenn.; and siblings, Jim, Joni, Tom and Lee, all of California; and one granddaughter.

Memorial contributions may be made to UNC Hospice, P.O. Box 1077, Pittsboro, N.C. 27312; the Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies, 1019 Thurston Bowles, Campus Box 7178, Chapel Hill, N.C. 27599; or UW-Eau Claire Foundation Inc., P.O. Box 4004, Eau Claire, WI 54702.

Arrangements by Cremation Society of the Carolinas, Inc.

Chapel Hill News, The (NC)
Date: February 8, 2004