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Services Set for Former WIU VP Art Chown

December 14, 2012

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MACOMB, IL -- Funeral services for Art Chown, former vice president of Western Illinois University's administrative services, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 20 at the First Christian Church in Macomb. Visitation will be held from 9:30-11 a.m. Dec. 20 at the church. Chown, 81, died in Macomb on Dec. 13.

Chown came to Western in 1965 and served as internal auditor, controller, associate business manager, business manager and acting vice president for business affairs before being appointed vice president for business affairs in 1975. He was the vice president for administrative services when he retired in 1991.

In 2003, he and his wife, Roselyn, established their second scholarship, The Mozelle Davis Memorial Scholarship Endowment, to provide scholarships for the women's golf team and to honor Roselyn's cousin. In 1986, the Chowns established the Chown/Himmel Special Education Scholarship, which supports seniors in the special education teaching program.

A long-time WIU Foundation Board member, Chown received Western's Distinguished Alumni Award in 1991.

Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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