Deane White Hill
Celebration of Life memorial services for Deane White Hill, of Savoy, Ill., formerly of Champaign, will be 10 a.m., Thursday, April 17, 2014 in the Savoy Room at Windsor of Savoy, 401 Burwash Ave., Savoy.
Heath and Vaughn Funeral Home, 201 N. Elm, Champaign, is assisting with arrangements.
Ms. Hill was born in Ingraham, Ill. on Oct. 11, 1921. She died March 21, 2014 at home. Honoring her request, cremation rites were accorded. Burial was in the South Muddy Cemetery, Ingraham, Ill.
She leaves a brother, Carlton D. McCord, of Marengo, Iowa, and a sister, Carolyn G. Henke, of Franklin, Tenn.
Hill, a 1939 graduate of Champaign High School, received two degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Bachelor of Arts in 1943 and Master of Science in Library Science in 1950. During her early career she worked in a variety of positions at the University of Illinois Library, leaving in 1958 to become librarian of Champaign Senior High School. While there, Hill was responsible for planning and establishing Centennial High School Library and in 1964 became coordinator for both Central and Centennial High School libraries.
In 1968, Hill was hired as founding director of the library at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, Ill. and remained for nine years developing the collection, staff, and permanent facility. IN 1977 she went to Isfahan, Iran to found the library of Arya-Mehr University, an English language institution under the sponsorship of the Shah of Iran.
From 1979 to 1984, Hill was director of the IMC, the education library of the University of Wisconsin at Madison from which she retired to Champaign.
Hill was a member of the American Library Association, Illinois Library Association, and Wisconsin Library Association; she held a number of elected positions and served on numerous committees in these professional organizations.
In retirement, Hill was active in the Twin City Garden Club and served as chair of the Low Vision Support Group of East Central Illinois, which promoted the establishment of the Carle Low Vision Center in Urbana.
The family wishes to thank the personnel of Harbor Light Hospice for the compassionate care of their loved one.
Memorials may be made to a library of the donor’s choice, the Champaign County Humane Society, UIF Friends of WILL, or UIF Friends of Robert Allerton Park.
Condolences may be offered online at www.HeathandVaughn.com.
To the Family of Mrs. Deane Hill,
We were very glad to get to know Deane over
the last several years while she lived at The Windsor
of Savoy. My daughter & I enjoyed bringing each
of our Golden Retrievers (Jack & previously Sawyer) to see her on occasion.
Even in her frail condition, she would kneel down to
Hug & Pet these big balls of fur who both loved the
attention. I’m not sure who had more fun, Deane
or our dogs?
We enjoyed learning about Deane’s adventurous
life & the dogs she owned during these visits.
We are sorry for your loss and hope you find comfort
in the fact that she did, indeed, have a long adventurous
life. She was a marvelous person.