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Charlotte Huggins


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Charlotte Huggins Obituary
Charlotte Harrison Huggins, 84, of Winnetka, Illinois passed away peacefully on December 13, 2017 following a long illness. Funeral services were held at Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Home in Knoxville, Illinois on December 19, 2017 where Charlotte was laid to rest with her husband, Rollin C. Huggins, Jr. Charlotte was born on May 13, 1933 in Rockford, Illinois to Lyle Lux Harrison and Alta Bowers Harrison. She grew up in Glen Ellyn, Illinois and attended Glenbard High School. In 1952 she married her high school sweetheart, Rollin Huggins, and together they attended Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. Following Rollin's army service and the birth of two daughters, they moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts where Rollin attended Harvard Law School and Charlotte finished her undergraduate degree in English with distinction at Radcliffe College. She was one of the first women admitted to Radcliffe who had young children. The young family returned to the Chicago area in 1958 and settled in the North Shore suburb of Wilmette. Rollin began his legal career at Bell, Boyd & Lloyd in Chicago where he was an estate attorney and Charlotte began work for the local newspaper, the Wilmette Life. While working at the paper, she completed her masters degree in English at Northwestern University and would later pursue a PhD degree completing all required course work. In 1965 she began her long teaching career at New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois. In addition to teaching many advanced placement classes in English, she served as sponsor of the school's yearbook and newspaper in the latter part of her career. On a lighter note, her daughters remember with great fondness the many festive English Department parties that Charlotte hosted at our home. Charlotte had many varied interests including history, travel, French culture and genealogy. She was actively involved until recent years in numerous educational and philanthropic organizations including the Northwestern Settlement House and the Daughters of the American Revolution. Always cheerful with a great sense of humor, Charlotte will be remembered for her intelligence, warmth, and charm. Charlotte was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Roger Harrison; her husband, Rollin Huggins; and her son, John Huggins. She is survived by two daughters and their spouses, Cynthia and Scott Peters of Winnetka, Illinois and Shirley and Duncan Cooper of La Luz, New Mexico, and four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Her family wishes to express their gratitude to the dedicated and wonderful staff at the McGaw Care Center at Presbyterian Homes in Evanston, Illinois. Memorial donations in Charlotte's or Rollin's honor may be made to Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois.
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication from Jan. 31 to Feb. 8, 2018
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