Jonathan Wilkin ARLINGTON, VA. - Jonathan Wilkin, born 21 April 1941, to Crosby and Mary (Langwick) Wilkin, died on 16 July 2013, near his home in Arlington, Va. In 1959, Jon graduated from the Wallkill High School. During his second year at Clarkson Institute of Technology, his neck was broken, and he became a quadriplegic. At the University of Illinois, he completed his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mathematics and then became a Mathematics professor at the Northern Virginia Community College at the Alexandria campus, at which he taught for 42 years. In 1998 he married Joyce Wilkin, and thus became the loving step-father of Douglas Dye, Kelly and Juli Dye. Jon loved photography, and on his many travels throughout North America, he took thousands of remarkable photos that he developed and enlarged himself. Jon also loved bluegrass music, of which he had an encyclopedic knowledge. Finally, in his later years, he created and maintained websites for several non-profits, notably the Little Falls Presbyterian Church of which he was a member. Jon was much admired for his intelligence, his extraordinarily precise memory, his devotion to family, and the courage he demonstrated every day in the face of his quadriplegia. In addition to his immediate family, Jon leaves behind a brother David Wilkin and his wife Betty, two sisters Nancy Sutherland and Joan Hill, brothers-in-law George Sutherland and Larry Hill ; nephews Gordon Hill and Kevin Wilkin and nieces Rebecca Wilkin and Nicolee Ambrose, along with their spouses and children. A memorial service will be held at Little Falls Presbyterian Church in Arlington, July 20th at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, to WAMU Bluegrass Country.
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Published in the Daily Freeman on July 20, 2013