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DeKALB – Eleanor Anglin Price, 101, retired Northern Illinois University emeritus professor of education and community participant, of DeKalb, Ill., died Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, at Oak Crest DeKalb Area Retirement Center, DeKalb.
Born March 20, 1912, in Philadelphia, Pa., daughter of James J. and Kathryn (Dever) Anglin, Eleanor was the eldest of their five children. She came to DeKalb in 1951 as guidance counselor of McMurry School and functioned at NIU as school social worker until 1974 when she retired after 23 years. In 1968, she married Granville Price, professor of journalism, NIU.
Mrs. Price's degrees included a Bachelor of Science in education and Master of Arts in Latin from the University of Pennsylvania, a doctorate in guidance and personnel from Cornell University, a Master of Social Science in psychiatric social work from Smith College, and a certificate in psychoanalytic child care from Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis.
Before NIU, she worked in Pennsylvania elementary schools as a classroom teacher for 11 years, the last three of which as a demonstration teacher of grades five and six in the Illman-Carter unit of the School of Education, University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. From 1943 to 1948, she was personnel manager for two electrical engineering firms: Anchor Manufacturing and Northeastern Engineering Companies of Manchester, N.H.
Active in community affairs in DeKalb, she served as president of DeKalb County Mental Health Association, vice president and board member of Granville Price Public Access Center, president and vice president of NIU Annuitant Association, secretary of DeKalb County Health Board, and vice president of NIU Dames Club. She also served as a board member for Family Service Association, of which she was a founding member, and 708 Community Mental Health Board of DeKalb County, The Salvation Army, Opportunity House and League of Women Voters.
Price also was a volunteer in the Children's Program of the H. Douglas Singer Mental Health Center in Rockford and a volunteer for DeKalb County's Court Appointed Special Advocate program. She was recipient of awards from Pi Lambda Theta and the NIU Foundation's President's Award for Service and a certificate from the DeKalb County Master Gardener Program. She received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Social Workers.
She was a member of Mortar Board, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Pan Hellenic Association, DeKalb Garden Club, DeKalb County Quilters Guild, Newman Catholic Student Center, Thursday Arts Club and Delta Kappa Gamma of Ithaca, N.Y. Weaving, gardening, quilting, swimming, bird watching and child advocacy were her abiding avocational interests.
She is survived by six nieces and nephews; six great-nieces and -nephews; and five great-great-nieces and -nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; three sisters; and one brother.
The funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at Newman Center, 512 Normal Road, DeKalb, with the Revs. Matthew McMorrow, James McKitrick and Donald Ahles and Monsignor Steve Knox concelebrating. Burial will follow at Malta Cemetery, Malta. The visitation will be from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, at Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb, with a wake service at 6:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Northern Illinois University Foundation for the Granville and Eleanor Price Scholarship Fund, in care of NIU Foundation, NIU, DeKalb, IL 60115.
For information, visit www.AndersonFuneralHomeLtd.com or call 815-756-1022.
Published in Daily Chronicle on Dec. 5, 2013
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