Jan Tillery LUBBOCK-Dr. Jan Tillery, former First Lady of Texas Tech University, died Sept. 2 in Birmingham, Ala., after an extended illness. Dr. Tillery was born in Slaton, Texas, on July 7, 1950, an only child to the late Tim and Mary Tillery, two educators and Texas Tech graduates who inspired in her a love of learning, a deep appreciation for the importance of education, and a passion for Texas Tech University. She received her bachelor's degree from Texas Tech, master's from Texas A&M, and Ph.D. from Oklahoma State. A beloved and inspiring teacher, she taught at a number of universities as a faculty member for 20 years, retiring in 2008 from the University of Missouri Kansas City as a full professor because of health problems. She authored more than 70 papers and presentations, and her research was featured in a front page article in the New York Times in November 2003. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Guy Bailey, former President of Texas Tech University; stepdaughter, Dr. Jordan Bailey, of Durham, N.C.; stepson, Nicholas Bailey, of Montgomery, Ala.; and step-grandson, Aiden Bailey, of Montgomery. A memorial service will be held in Lubbock, Texas, on Mon., Sept. 9, 2013, at 2 p.m. in the Hance Chapel at Texas Tech. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Tillery Family Athletic Scholarship Endowment at Texas Tech University.
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Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Sept. 6, 2013