Ph.D. Morehouse

Obituary of Ph.D. Morehouse

Dr. Sheila (McEnness) Morehouse, 71, Professor of Chemistry at Manhattanville College for many years, died at Greenwich Hospital on Tuesday morning, July 31, 2007 after an extended illness. She was a popular and unusually fruitful member of the faculty there, sending many of her graduates on to earn doctorates, not only in chemistry, but also in medicine, sometimes in both. She was also an enthusiastic research chemist, her field of interest being bio-inorganic chemistry, in particular studying the potential anticancer properties of organic complexes of copper, which she synthesized. She studied in such world-respected laboratories as Cornell University, Imperial College (London), MIT, Brookhaven National Laboratories, Yale, and Columbia, where she received her Ph.D. She also enjoyed singing polyphonic sacred music and taking ballet classes. She grew up in Newport, RI., where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry at Salve Regina University. She leaves behind her husband of 48 years, Greenwich native, Frank Morehouse, having lived together in the same house in Old Greenwich for the last 40 years. Also surviving her are her two older sisters, Patricia Moira Duelfer, of Deer Park, Long Island, and Elizabeth Raffa of Middletown, RI., an older brother, Joseph F. McEnness of Newport, RI., and seven nephews and nieces. Her parents, Joseph A. McEnness and Agnes O'Connor McEnness predeceased her. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, August 6, 2007, 10:00am, at St. Catherine's Church, 74 Simmons Rd, Little Compton, RI. Burial at St. Catherine's/Our Lady of Fatima Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday, August 5, from 3:00-6:00 pm at the O'Neill-Hayes Funeral Home, 465 Spring St., Newport, RI. 02840. Donations may be made in Dr. Morehouse's memory to St. Catherine's Memorial Fund, PO Box 208, Little Compton, RI., 02837.
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