Merle is pictured (left) with his brother Foster, dressed in uniform. Standing to the right is Myron and Bruce Thomas Cowan is knelling.
While recovering from tuberculosis at a sanitarium, Merle roomed with Myron C. Hoff, who was also afflicted with the same condition. The two became fast friends and dreamed of ways that they could help each other in their future careers. Myron would later attend law school at (Case) Western Reserve University in Cleveland and began his law career in 1943 after passing the Ohio Bar Exam.
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Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland