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Former UTSA Associate Professor Jan Tillery dies Sept. 2 in Alabama
(Sept. 6, 2013) -- Jan Tillery, 63, a former UTSA associate professor and wife of former UTSA Provost Guy Bailey, died Sept. 2 in Birmingham, Ala., after a lengthy illness. Tillery was a UTSA associate professor of communication from 1997 to 2005. Guy Bailey was the UTSA provost and vice president for academic affairs from 1998 to 2005.
Tillery was born in Slaton, Texas, on July 7, 1950, to the late Tim and Mary Tillery, two educators who inspired in her a love of learning and a deep appreciation for the importance of education.
She received her bachelor's degree from Texas Tech University, a master's from Texas A&M University and a Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University. A beloved and inspiring teacher, she taught at a number of universities as a faculty member for 20 years, retiring in 2008 as a full professor from the University of Missouri, Kansas City because of health problems.
Tillery authored more than 70 papers and presentations, and her research was featured in a front-page article in the New York Times in November 2003. Tillery and Bailey collaborated on linguistics research, particularly language variation and change with emphasis on the English of Texas and the American South.
A memorial service will be in Lubbock, Texas, at 2 p.m., Monday, Sept. 9 in the Hance Chapel at Texas Tech University. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Tillery Family Athletic Scholarship Endowment at Texas Tech University. Checks should be payable to the Texas Tech Foundation.