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In Memoriam – Byron Calvin Tillotson, retired RIC professor


Byron Calvin Tillotson
Byron Calvin Tillotson of Providence, an associate professor emeritus of French, Latin and secondary education, died on Sept. 12. He was 85.

Tillotson taught at RIC from 1959-90, beginning as an assistant professor of French at Henry Barnard School, a position he held for six years.

Before coming to RIC, he taught French and English at Kents Hill School in Maine, and was a language specialist at Lycée de Talence in France and a French instructor at the University of Tennessee.

Originally from Fort Edward, N.Y., he received an AB from Hamilton College and an MA from Middlebury College. He also attended Université de Paris, Teachers College at Columbia University and Tufts University.

His affiliations included the American Association of Teachers of French, American Council on Teaching of Foreign Languages, Renaissance Society of America, Rhode Island Foreign Language Association and Smithfield Historical Society.

He was a former organist and choir director at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Greenville Baptist Church and Hope Congregational Church.

Tillotson is survived by his wife, Elmire Witt Tillotson, two daughters, two sons-in-law, a grandson, three sisters and three brothers.