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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Francis E. Steckel, 83

WALTHAM

Francis E. Steckel, a former Waltham resident whose career as a medical illustrator spanned 45 years, has died. He was 83.

Mr. Steckel, who served in the Navy in World War II, thought it was great he could teach surgeons do surgery with his drawings, his son, Brian said.

"He lived his life for everyone else. Never asked for anything. Never swore, never drank. Never cheated, never lied. All he cared about was helping other people," his son said in a Globe obituary today.

In another obituary, Walter Patterson Gleason, whose career as an educator included stretches in the Natick and Weston schools, is also remembered.

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