Services set for Dr. Alex J. Cameron

Wed, February 26, 2003 by Paige Kimble

CINCINNATI - Services have been set for Dr. Alex J. Cameron, who for 23 years served as pronouncer for the annual Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee. Cameron, 65, died earlier this week of an apparent heart attack at his apartment in Kettering, Ohio.A funeral mass will be said at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at St. Alphonsus Church in Dearborn, Mich., with burial at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Farmington Hills, Mich., immediately following the service. Visitation will be from 1-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at Lesney and Son Funeral Home in Dearborn. A memorial service also will be held at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, at the Immaculate Conception Chapel on the University of Dayton campus in Dayton, Ohio. Cameron taught English language and literature at the University of Dayton for nearly four decades. Cameron had been the pronouncer for the National Spelling Bee since 1980. He had been associated with the event since 1978, first serving as associate pronouncer. The Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee is the nation’s largest and longest running educational promotion, administered on a not-for-profit basis by The E. W. Scripps Company in Cincinnati and 243 local sponsors. The majority of local spelling bee sponsors are daily and weekly newspapers.This year’s competition is the 76th spelling bee. The purpose of the National Spelling Bee is to help students improve spelling, increase vocabularies, learn concepts and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives.

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