Cal Gordon Melick

Services for Cal Gordon Melick, 66, Lawrence will be Saturday, August 23, at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center in Lawrence. He died in an auto accident while biking on Wednesday, August 13, 2014.

Cal was born November 11, 1947, in Hartland, NY, the son of Gordon Jay and Bernetha Helen (Rossow) Melick.

He graduated from Barker Central School and State University of NY at Geneseo.He served in the US Army.

He received his MA in Library Science from Emporia State University. As a faculty member and Public Services Librarian at Washburn University for more than 30 years, he taught, counseled and inspired hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students, including his spouse, in the values of higher education and the adventure of ideas across the sciences, arts and humanities. He was Reference Librarian for information literacy, genealogy, education, music, art and theater, and published library guides for conducting research on these subjects.

Cal was a fixture of the Lawrence and NE Kansas cycling community for 40 years – on and off the bike as a racer, an officer of the Lawrence Bicycle Club (LBC), an organizer of LBC-sponsored rides including the Lizard Under the Skillet and the Octoginta, and a mentor and inspiration to many cyclists, experienced and beginners.

He had a keen interest in history research and genealogy and published a book “John W. Vedder: Hartland Volunteer” in 2013 about his ancestor and other men of Niagara County, NY, in the Civil War. He frequently wrote articles for the Hartland Historical Society.

He married Chulwoo “Choru” Shin on February 21, 2014 in Council Bluffs, IA. He survives at the home.

Other survivors include his brother, John Melick and wife, Jean, of Canastota, NY; a niece and two nephews, Julie Rosenbalm, Bruce Melick and Peter Melick and their families.

Memorials may be sent to St. Lawrence Catholic Center, Lawrence, KS, and may be made in care of the mortuary.

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