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92nd General Assembly

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 1                          SENATE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS, The members  of  the  Illinois  Senate  wish  to
 3    express  their  sincere condolences to the family and friends
 4    of Dr. Ronald M. "Ron" Shelton, who passed away on April  26,
 5    2002; and

 6        WHEREAS,  Dr.  Shelton  was  born  on  July  11, 1931, in
 7    Shipman,  Illinois  to  Russell  Myron  and  Mildred  Johnson
 8    Shelton; he married Winifred "Winnie" Bell on July  12,  1953
 9    in  Seymour; he was a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church and
10    was deacon emeritus; he retired from Millikin  University  in
11    1994 after 34 years of teaching; and

12        WHEREAS,  Dr.  Shelton  graduated  from the University of
13    Illinois in 1953, earned his master's degree in 1957 and  his
14    Ph.D.  in  1965; he was asked to serve as acting chair of the
15    mathematics department for one year at Millikin University in
16    1962, and it was 18 years  later  before  his  successor  was
17    named; and

18        WHEREAS,  Dr.  Shelton  served  on  numerous  committees,
19    self-study  groups,  and  councils  relating  to  faculty and
20    university affairs; in addition,  he  served  actively  as  a
21    leader  in  several  professional organizations including the
22    Illinois Section of the Mathematical Association of  America,
23    of  which  he  was  chairman;  he  was  chosen  the  Millikin
24    University  Distinguished  Faculty  Lecturer in 1986, awarded
25    the Sears Roebuck Foundation Teaching Excellence  and  Campus
26    Leadership  Award  in  1991,  received  the Alpha Lamda Delta
27    Outstanding Teacher Award in 1992-1993, and was selected as a
28    Distinguished College or University Teacher of Mathematics by
29    the Illinois  section  of  the  Mathematical  Association  of
30    America;  in  2001,  the  math  and  computer  science lab at
31    Millikin University was named in his honor; and

32        WHEREAS, During Millikin's  Centennial  Celebration,  Dr.
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 1    Shelton  was inducted into the Millikin Medallion Society, an
 2    honorary society formed to recognize 200 people who have  had
 3    an   extraordinary  impact  upon  the  university  since  its
 4    founding in 1901; and

 5        WHEREAS, The passing of Ronald  Shelton  will  be  deeply
 6    felt  by  all  who  knew  and loved him, especially his wife,
 7    Winnie; his  daughters,  Deborah  B.  (Forrest)  Fisher,  and
 8    Kathleen  A.  (David)  Sewell;  his  grandchildren, Stephanie
 9    Fisher, Melody Fisher, and  Bryan  Sewell;  and  his  sister,
10    Betty Shelton McGhee; therefore, be it

12    ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn, along  with
13    all who knew him, the death of Dr. Ronald Shelton of Decatur,
14    Illinois; and be it further

15        RESOLVED,  That  a  suitable  copy  of this resolution be
16    presented to the  family  of  Dr.  Ronald  Shelton  with  our
17    sincere condolences.

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