Tom Wilson: Galesburg loses several one of a kind citizens

From the Register-Mail:

During the past week a huge void has occurred in Galesburg with the deaths of Wilbur Pillsbury, Howard Benthine and Jack Larson. The life of yours truly was blessed and made much better because of each of these irreplaceable individuals.

Fifty years ago in the summer of 1960 an 11-member committee was formed to study the possibility of forming a junior college for the Galesburg area. Among those selected was Wilbur F. Pillsbury a longtime professor and administrator at Knox College…..

Having the privilege of knowing Wilbur Pillsbury, Howard Benthine and Jack Larson has been a pleasure. We can pay them back by helping to carry on their many unselfish community contributions.