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Funeral arrangements: Richard Maye’s visitation will be Friday, July 19, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Second Timothy Baptist Church, 1122 East Pine Street in Springfield, with the service to follow at 12:30 p.m. W.W.White Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. Burial will follow at Camp Butler National Cemetery.

A message sent to the campus from President Farley.

With great sadness I share with you the news that long time faculty member Richard Maye passed away on Saturday, July 13 in St. Louis from complications following heart surgery. He was 79.

 I am sure this sadness is shared by all the Illinois College family. Over the coming days we will deal with the personal loss of Richard and remember him with fond memories.

 Funeral arrangements are pending. I will share the details as they become available.

 Dr. Maye came to Illinois College in 1999 as assistant professor of sociology and taught part-time until 2002 when he became a full time faculty member. In spring 2007, Dr. Maye became chair of the Department of Sociology. He served the department with great energy, wisdom and sincerity.

The Illinois College community is a little emptier without Dr. Maye. Several generations of students benefited from his wisdom, stories about his life and tough-love advice. He took many students under his wing, helping them learn sociology, offering career mentoring and extending frank advice about their lives. Recently, Jake Szetela, after earning his M.A. in history, wrote to thank Dr. Maye for encouraging him to seek further education. Last year, Megan Rabe thanked him for changing her first year of college through his First-Year Seminar. She said she graduated with a passion for sociology. When reading the spring 2013 course evaluations typical comments for Dr. Maye include: “He is a great man with more knowledge than most people.” “Dr. Maye is truly an asset to Illinois College.” “Every day was a thrill to be in his classroom.” One students’ comment sums up what we all feel “Thanks for everything, Dr. Maye.”

During his time at the college, Dr. Maye was active in a number of campus initiatives including leading a faculty initiative on diversity of the campus, participation in the faculty mentoring program and serving as a member of the admission committee. In 2003, Dr. Maye acted as a consultant on diversity issues on the teacher preparation program. I am told he spoke on several occasions memorializing Martin Luther King, Jr. in honor of his march with him many years ago.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Ohio State University, and a second in sociology and anthropology from University of Illinois at Springfield. Dr. Maye earned a master’s in public administration, also from UIS, and a doctorate in theology from International Theological Seminary in Van Nuys, Calif. He was founder and pastor of Second Timothy Baptist Church in Springfield.

Illinois College will hold a memorial service in remembrance of Dr. Maye on Wednesday, Sept. 4 in Rammelkamp Chapel at 10 a.m. The service will be open to the Illinois College community, including Dr. Maye’s family and friends.


Barbara A. Farley, Ph.D.
Illinois College 

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Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Ill. With an enrollment of about 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs and a Master of Arts in Education degree program. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

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