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Elton T. Ridley Obituary

Elton Taft Ridley

85 of Indianapolis passed away Friday, July 13, 2012. He was born July 26, 1926 in Syracuse, NY, the son of Clarence and Edna Taft Ridley.

He is preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Elizabeth Ridley. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Young Ridley; step son, William Riggs; step daughter, Catherine (John) Danyluk; step son, David Riggs; nephews, Gordon (Susan) Ridley of Madison, WI; Paul (Joan) Ridley of Dallas, TX; and William Ross; nieces, Louise Ross, Shirley Spoon and Katherine Ferguson; great nephew, Andrew Ridley; great nieces, Lisa Ross and Megan Ridley-Kaye; sister in law, Lois Ridley; step grandchildren, Danny Riggs, Jill McLaughlin and Jeff Riggs.

He retired from Indiana University as Director of Hospitals, responsible for the administration of Coleman, Long, Riley and University Hospitals. He died peacefully July 13, 2012 at Indiana University Hospital (the hospital that he built). Elton was associated with Indiana University from 1953 to the present. Elton was surrounded by his loving family.

He was a wonderful husband, uncle, stepfather, philanthropist, mentor and friend. Mr. Ridley was also an educator and taught Health Administration for 35 years at the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Division of Allied Health Sciences.

He served on the Board of the Indiana University School of Medicine's Dean's Council Board of Directors for more than a decade, and has provided scholarships for medical students.

His greatest interest was in education, serving for many years as a member of the Ovid Butler Society, sponsoring a scholarship in honor of his wife of 47 years, Mary Ross Ridley.

He grew up in Chicago, and became an avid White Sox Fan. After completing High School at the University of Chicago Lab School, he spent two years in Italy serving in the U.S. Army. His own education included an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BS from the University of Illinois.

He was recognized as a Sagamore of the Wabash by Governor Robert 0. Orr in 1986, received the Spirit of Philanthropy Award from IUPUI in 2001, and was inducted into the IU President's Circle in 2008.

Elton T. Ridley was included in the Who's Who Of The World Book, 1979 and the Who's Who Of the Midwest 1974-1975.

He was interviewed in October, 2011 as part of the Indiana Historical Society's Oral History Program "Indiana Community Builder's Program"; and in 2010 donated to the Society an original letter written by Booth Tarkington.

He much enjoyed travel and explored the world via cruises, sailing on the QE 2, and flew on the Concord plane. He also enjoyed theater, music and art and belonged to many of this city's fine arts organizations.

As a member of North United Methodist Church, Elton enjoyed singing with the Shepherd's Center Chorus for many years.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at North United Methodist Church, 3808 North Meridian Street with visitation from 12 until time of service. Burial will be in Springhill Cemetery in Cartersburg, IN.

Arrangements entrusted to Conkle Funeral Home Speed way Chapel.

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on July 15, 2012
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