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Susan Brill de Ramirez

April 25, 1955 October 30, 2018
Susan Brill de Ramirez
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Princeville, IL - Susan Berry Brill de Ramirez passed away on Monday, October 30. She was 63 years old.

Susan was born on April 25, 1955, in Englewood, NJ. She was the daughter of Dorothy Ann Retallack Brill and Dr. Robert Brill. She spent her formative years in Tenafly, NJ, and then attended The University of Wisconsin (BA, English), University of Chicago (MA, English), University of Wisconsin (MBA, Management), and University of New Mexico (PhD, Literary Criticism and Theory).

Susan began her professorship at Bradley University on August 19, 1991. There she met and married her loving husband, Antonio Ramirez Barron, who passed away on the same day that she did.

Susan was an outstanding scholar and educator. She was honored to receive the Caterpillar Professorship of English at Bradley. She also published numerous works in her specializations: multicultural literature and 17th century literature, as well as articles and books on how to succeed in college.

Beyond her teaching, Susan was always looking for additional ways to help others. Through her work at Bradley in service learning, her promotion of the vegan lifestyle, her care and nurturing of their troubled adopted son, her participation in the Baha’i faith, her adoption of animals, and her mentoring of students and family members, she constantly strove to enhance the lives of others. She also reached out to others through her study of ancestry.

Susan is survived by her loving sister, Dr. Dawn Brill Duques, brother, Dr. Robert M. Brill, a niece, three nephews, and eleven grand nieces and nephews.

A visitation from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. followed by a service, will be held on Saturday, November 17, 2018, at the Wright & Salmon Mortuary, 2416 N. North Street, Peoria, IL 61604.

In lieu of flowers or a remembrance gift, please make donations stating that they are “In Memory of Dr. Susan Brill de Ramirez for the Bradley University English Department,” 1501 W Bradley Ave., Peoria, IL 61625. Members of the Baha’i faith may make donations to The Baha’i Center, 5209 N. University, Peoria, IL 61604.

Friends and family may sign the online guestbook or send private condolences by logging onto www.wrightandsalmon.com.

Previous Events

Visitation

Saturday

17

Nov

10:00 AM 11/17/2018 10:00:00 AM - 11:30 AM 11/17/2018 11:30:00 AM
Wright & Salmon Mortuary

2416 N North St
Peoria, IL 61604

Wright & Salmon Mortuary
2416 N North St Peoria 61604 IL
United States

Memorial Service

Saturday

17

Nov

11:30 AM 11/17/2018 11:30:00 AM
Wright & Salmon Mortuary

2416 N North St
Peoria, IL 61604

Wright & Salmon Mortuary
2416 N North St Peoria 61604 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

The Baha’i Center

5209 N. University
Peoria, IL 61604

“In Memory of Dr. Susan Brill de Ramirez for the Bradley University English Department,”

1501 W Bradley Ave
Peoria, IL 61625
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