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November: Frances Pinelli, 65 (1980-2002, Firestone Library).
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Journalist was first Ferris Professor
Princeton NJ -- I rving Dilliard, a longtime journalist who served as Princeton's first Ferris Professor of Journalism in the Council of the Humanities, died Oct. 9 in Glen Carbon, Ill. He was 97.
Dilliard taught at Princeton from 1963 to 1973. A piece he wrote, "People and Character," was included in "The Princeton Anthology of Writing: Favorite Pieces by the Ferris/McGraw Writers at Princeton University" (Princeton University Press, 2001).
Dilliard became a reporter at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in the late 1920s. Called the finest journalist to ever cover the Supreme Court by the late Justice William Douglas, Dilliard also contributed some 100 essays to the Dictionary of American Biography.
He served in the Army during World War II, then returned to the Post-Dispatch as an editorial writer, specializing in the Supreme Court and the Constitution. Dilliard was named editorial page editor in 1949, and retired from the newspaper in 1960.
After teaching at Princeton for 10 years, he became the first director of the Illinois Department of Aging. In 1995, he was a delegate to the White House Conference on Aging. He also was a past president of the Illinois State Historical Society and a life- long historian of his hometown, Collinsville, Ill.
Survivors include two daughters, Doris Sprong of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and Mary Sue Schusky of Collinsville, Ill. Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Collinsville, 207 W. Church St., Collinsville, IL 62234; or to the D.D. Collinsville House, c/o Downtown Collinsville Inc., 216 E. Main St., Collinsville, IL 62234.
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