In Memoriam

Middlebury notes the death of Edith W. Illick, who died on Monday, June 22, 2015.

Illick retired from the College on October 21, 1988, after a lengthy career. She was predeceased by her husband, J. Rowland Illick, who was a Professor Emeritus of Geography. Mr. and Mrs. Illick were both members of the 25-Year Club. Edith worked in the English Department at the time of her retirement, and had previously worked as a Box Office Manager and a Secretary to the Drama Department.

Illick was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1919. She attended Syracuse and Cornell Universities. The Illicks were married in 1943 and enjoyed 54 years of marriage together. From 1958-1960, Illick and her family lived in Beirut, Lebanon and were affiliated with the American University of Beirut. From 1969-1971, Illick lived and worked in Saudi Arabia. International travel was a lifelong passion, and by the time she traveled with five of her grandchildren on the Orient Express, she had visited all of the continents except Antarctica. In 1996, the Illicks moved to the Crosslands Retirement Community in Kennet Square, Pennsylvania, and remained there for the rest of their lives.

A small private memorial service was held for Illick by her family on July 10. Those who wish to make a donation in her memory may do so to the “J Rowland Illick Geography Fund” at Middlebury College.