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Services Set for Al Waters

January 8, 2013

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MACOMB, IL -- Funeral services for Al Waters, former director of Western Illinois University's Office of Career Services, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 14 at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13 at the funeral home. Waters, 75, died in Macomb Jan. 6.

He retired from Western in 2011 after 21 years of service. Waters came to Western in July 1990 as director of the Occupational Information and Placement Office; and during his career at WIU, he initiated numerous career-related innovations which made Western a state, Midwest or national leader. In 1999, the office name was changed to Career Services, and that fall, Career Services started a new program, a Virtual Career Fair for registered students, alumni and employers, which was the first of its kind in the Midwest.

In April 2010, Waters was recognized for 20 years of service to Western; and he was presented a Community Service Award at the annual Employee Service Recognition Reception. He was recognized for consistent acts of kindness, including assisting elderly community residents with painting their homes or flagpoles and in his unwavering support of the U.S. Armed Forces. In 2009, when his son, Al Waters Jr., was deployed to Afghanistan, Waters established a local adopt-a-soldier program, recruiting WIU employees to adopt the soldiers in his son's unit; and he spearheaded a campaign so each member of the unit had gifts to open for the holidays.

He was a member of the Macomb Masonic Lodge #17 and a former member of Rotary. Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior's Fund. A complete obituary can be found at

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