Bloomington- Robert W. Harrington, 89, passed away on Friday, November 2, 2012 at OSF ST. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington at 5:53 pm. Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 1:30 pm at Lyndon Township Cemetery in Lyndon, IL with Rev. Wes Dickson officiating. Full Military Honors will be provided by the Prophetstown-Lyndon American Legion Post 522. Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home in Bloomington is handling arrangements.
He was born in rural Whiteside County, Illinois on May 21, 1923, son of Loyd and Anna (Mundt) Harrington. Survivors include two sisters, Pauline Wallick, Lafayette Indiana and Betty Ann Solton, Dubuque, Iowa and four nephews and one niece. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Gene.
Professor Harrington progressed from Lyndon High School graduate to PhD in five academic years and as many summer sessions. Those were included in ten calendar years (1941-1951) which also included military service and full-time teaching.
He received a bachelor’s degree in business education from Illinois State Normal University in 1947, a master’s degree in marketing (1948) and a doctor of philosophy degree in iInternational economics (awarded in January 1952) both from the University of Iowa. He also studied at Cambridge University and the Universities of Wisconsin and Alaska. He was a member of several honorary and professional Societies including Pi Omega Pi, Phi Gamma Nu, Alpha Kappa Psi, Omicron Delta Gamma and Phi Kappa Phi.
Dr. Harrington, who joined the Illinois Wesleyan faculty in 1968, retired after forty years of college level teaching in 1989 and was named Professor Emeritus at Illinois Wesleyan University.. For the last 21 of those years he was Professor and Director of the Division of Business and Economics at Illinois Wesleyan University. At the time of his retirement he was the Robert S. Eckley Distinguished Professor of Economics. Previously he taught at Central College, Pella, Iowa (1948-1950), Wisconsin State College, Superior (1951-1956) and Indiana State University, Terra Haute (1956-1968). He served in the U.S. Naval Reserve (1943-1946).
Dr. Harrington served as a United Way volunteer in a wide range of capacities for some 20 years and was president of its Board of Directors from 1983-1984; and was “Volunteer of the Year” in 1987.
Travels included an eight month, self-planned trip around the world.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Illinois Wesleyan University or the Lyndon Illinois Historical Society.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at kiblerbradyruestman.com.