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In Memoriam: Shirley Hileman

Shirley HilemanShirley R. Hileman, wife of the first permanent dean of the College of Communication and Information, Donald G. Hileman, passed away February 17, 2017. See her obituary below.

Shirley Rau Hileman passed away at the age of 88 in Knoxville, TN on Friday, February 17, 2017. She was born on April 27, 1928, in Rockford, IL to Dean and Helen Rau, who preceded her in death. She was educated in the Rockford school system and Carthage College where she met her husband, Dr. Donald G. Hileman, former dean of the College of Communications at the University of Tennessee from 1969-1984. He also preceded her in death. She was active in several organizations including Presbyterian Women, Chapter J., P.E.O. Sisterhood, and the University Women’s Club where she served on the board several times. She cherished the time spent with grandchildren, family and friends and especially time with her two year old great-grandson, Mason. She loved hiking in the mountains, travel and gourmet cooking. She was a member of Fountain City Presbyterian Church and Chapel Bible Class.

She is survived by sons, David Hileman of Knoxville, Mark Hileman and wife Tina Smusz of Catawba, VA, Michael Hileman and wife Cathy of Lenoir City, TN; daughter, Kathy Morris of Brentwood, TN; and grandchildren, Jenny, Megan and James Morris, Nashville, TN, Jacob Hileman, Davis, California and Emma Hileman, Asheville, NC.

A Memorial Service was held on Saturday, February 25 at 1:00 p.m. in the chapel of Fountain City Presbyterian Church with Rev. Max Reddick officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to: Fountain City Presbyterian Church, 500 Hotel Avenue, Knoxville, Tennessee 37918 or College of Communications & Information Development Office, 302 Communications Building, 1345 Circle Park Drive, Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-0332 and indicate for the Don Hileman Scholarship Fund, or Sjogren’s Syndrome Foundation, Inc. 6707 Democracy Blvd, Suite 530, Bethesda, MD 20817. Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel is honored to serve the Hileman family and invites you to view and sign their online guestbook at

Published in Knoxville News Sentinel from Feb. 20 to Feb. 21, 2017