August 10, 2008 in Nation/World

Service honors anthrax suspect

Associated Press
 

FREDERICK, Md. – The Army scientist suspected in the anthrax attacks was remembered for his humor, intelligence and compassion at a memorial service Saturday.

Bruce Ivins, 62, died of an apparent suicide late last month after being informed by the FBI that charges likely were being brought against him in connection with the 2001 attacks.

Some mourners wept when speakers at the service talked about Ivins’ many hobbies and interests, including juggling, target shooting, practical jokes, cartoons and the weather. Colleagues recalled a talented scientist with a probing mind who loved to debate a wide variety of subjects.

“Bruce was many a thing,” said brother Charles Ivins, who added that he took some solace in knowing that Bruce’s “torment” had ended.

Bruce Ivins also was remembered as a devoted musician at St. John’s the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, where he played piano for 28 years and was known to volunteer to clean up after services.

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