1942 - 2012
310 OAK ST
De Kalb, IL
DeKALB – Arthur Paul Doederlein, 70, died on Aug. 24 at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, with his family by his side and in the arms of his loving wife.
Born Aug. 21, 1942, in Toledo, Ohio, Arthur was the son of Arthur John Leonard Doederlein and Erna Alvina Herzberg Doederlein. He married his high school sweetheart, the former Sue Ann Warrick, on Sept. 8, 1962. Although his proud parents never studied beyond the eighth grade, Arthur went on to earn his B.A. degree from DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., as a Rector Scholar, and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illi. Arthur studied at Northwestern under the auspices of an N.D.E.A. Fellowship and with the additional support he received as a Danforth Fellow Associate.
While at Northwestern, where he served for a year as a faculty member, Arthur received the Outstanding Teacher Award from the School of Speech. When he received the analogous Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award at Northern Illinois University in 1994, he observed that it took longer to earn such recognition at NIU because Northern students were a "tougher crowd."
On Sept. 8, 1969, Arthur and Sue joined the faculty at NIU. It was their seventh anniversary and the beginning of a new love – a true passion for NIU and its extraordinary students. Arthur served for more than thirty years as the Undergraduate Studies Director in the Department of Communication. In that capacity he advised thousands of students, spending countless hours assisting students in planning their academic programs and counseling them about graduate and professional schools and career opportunities. Among his earliest assignments at Northern was as a professor in the CHANCE program, and his involvement with that ethnically diverse and very special population remained a center of his professional life. In recognition of his service to the CHANCE program, he received a special award to acknowledge his continuing commitment to some of Northern's most important graduates.
As part of his passionate commitment to students, Doederlein served on many university committees, always choosing those whose purview made a real difference in students' lives. He was a member of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Curriculum Committee; he served on the Admission Policies and Academic Standards Committee and the Academic Planning Council, which he served as secretary; and he chaired the Undergraduate Coordinating Council.
Among Arthur's and Sue's finest achievements are their two children, Arthur Allen Doederlein and Catherine Warrick Doederlein. He is survived by his wife, his son (husband Jeffrey Bouthiette), and his daughter. Although he was not removed from life support until three days later, Arthur's family believes he died on his seventieth birthday, a symmetry he would have enjoyed. He leaves a legacy of thousands of graduates along with his loving family.
In accordance with his wishes, there will be no funeral. The family will hold a celebration of his life at a future date. Cremation is being handled by Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Arthur Paul Doederlein Memorial Fund, c/o Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home, 310 Oak St., DeKalb, Illinois 60115. Arrangements were entrusted to Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home.
Published by Daily Chronicle from Aug. 26 to Aug. 28, 2012.
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Dr. Doederlein befriended me when I most needed a friend. His courage and decency uplifted and inspired me. My deepest sympathy to his family, you're in my thoughts and prayers.
Jodi K. Norman
September 18, 2012
I first met Art in 1972 fresh from Ireland, and what an intellectually lively introduction that was to the very best in new thinking in American humanities in that hopeful post-60s era! Art knew what was happening in literature, film, critical theory, contemporary philosophy. He was steeped in it. He saw postmodernism coming before anyone had yet coined the term. Later, I worked with Art as colleague: always a stimulating experience, especially the challenge to maintain the value of theory,criticism and the joys of a liberal arts education in a field tectonically pulled towards practice, applicability, commercially focussed 'relevance.' Art left us way too soon.
Farrel Corcoran
September 10, 2012
While sitting on opposite ends of the political spectrum, Art was a man I always truly admired and honored. He was thoughtful, kind and insightful. Beside the definition of a "gentleman" in the dictionary their ought to be a photo of Art.
Daniel Kempton
September 6, 2012
August 30, 2012
I remember hot summer evenings in Toledo playing bridge in Sue's back room and so many conversations, including the one where Arthur introduced me to Sartre's No Exit and existentialism. What a curious and wonderful mind. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Katharine Kunst
August 29, 2012
Art's dedication and passion to the University and its students is now part of history and will always be remembered by those who knew him. Peace.
Raymond Ditrichs
August 29, 2012
Sue, Carole and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Joe Novak
August 28, 2012
Art's influence, love and guidance to all of us who had the pleasure of knowing him and being schooled by him not only in the communication arts, but in the art of passionately enjoying life, food, booze and all the dark ironies that make us laugh is immeasurable. He taught me so much more than academics and for this I will be eternally grateful. I know how much Sue, Cathy and Allen will miss him, but please know he lives so much in the spirits of all those students who had the pleasure and honor of sharing a part of their lives with Art.
Victoria Sottile
August 27, 2012
Our professional and personal lives were so entwined I feel as though I have lost a part of who I am. Thanks,Art for those great years.
Phil Gray
August 27, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May the wonderful memories of times spent together bring you peace.
Margee, Jeff and Sydney
Margee Myles
August 27, 2012
I remember years ago when I was teaching a Spanish 202 class, several students came into that class directly from one of Art's Communications classes. After nearly every class they were still discussing (and even arguing) passionately the ideas presented in that class. In other words, he got them to both talk and think. To my mind, that's the mark of a superb teacher. My deepest sympathy to Sue and his children.
Mary Cozad
August 27, 2012
Art was a wonderful mentor and advocate for students. Happy memories will keep him alive in our thoughts. My condolances to the family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Mary Pritchard
August 27, 2012
We will hold your family in our thoughts and prayers. He was such a wonderful man and you are an amazing family.
Dave & Lynn Slater; Jenny, Erin, John and their families
Lynn Slater
August 27, 2012
I don't think I would have made it without your support and encouragement.
Jim Moore
August 27, 2012
With Most Sincere Sympathy At This Time Of Loss. May Your Many Memories Bring You All Comfort & Pace
Ken Kamm
August 27, 2012
He will be missed! A dear friend, colleague and mentor.
Ann Busse Tucker
August 27, 2012
Rest in peace dr.Doerderlein. You were a were a generous man with a big heart. God bless you and your family!!
Olivia Heitter
August 27, 2012
He will be greatly missed. I'm so glad to have known him. Love to you and your family.
Such a beautifully written obituary.
Caitlin Muelder
Caitlin Muelder
August 27, 2012
Sue, Allen, and Kathy, we were so saddened to read of Art's passing. Although it's been many years, our memories of having dinners and parties at each other's homes and the fun we had are wonderful. There were a number of Sundays when we'd be over for a delicious dinner and our kids would want me to get some recipes. I still make that Indian ice cream and that great chocolate pie. Although he's not wearing his 'uniform' of black tee shirt and slacks, the photo you've chosen is the best. He's there in all his outstanding handsomeness. May the future hold less sadness and more happy memories and may he rest in peace.

Lydia & Marty
Lydia & Marty Kaplan
August 27, 2012
My teacher, my mentor and a true friend. May you Rest In Peace.
Idon Pang
August 26, 2012
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