SAVOY – Robin Orr, 54, of Savoy died at 6:19 p.m. on Thursday (May 13, 2010) at Peoria Specialty Hospital following a five-month battle with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
A memorial service will be held at Renner-Wikoff Chapel and Crematory, 1900 Philo Road in Urbana on Saturday, May 22, at 3 p.m.
Robin is survived by her husband, Sam Hill; and children Samantha and Mylan Hill, both of Chicago; her parents, Johnny and Romie Orr of West Des Moines, Iowa; and the families of three sisters, Jenny and John Davis of Lemont, Leslie and Craig Boylan of Ames, Iowa, and Becky Montgomery of Ankeny, Iowa. Nieces and nephews include Susan (Davis) and Ron Riedel and their children, Daniel and Angeline from Lockport; John Henry and Rachel Boylan from Ames, Iowa; and Jamie and Alexa Montgomery from Ankeny, Iowa. Additional family includes mother-in-law, Veardie Mae Hill from Country Club Hills; sisters-in-law, Tanya Hill from Country Club Hills and Lucinda Hill from Aurora; and brothers-in-law, Theo Hill and Steven Hill from Chicago and Curtis Hill from Little Rock, Ark.; and their respective families.
Robin Orr graduated from the University of Michigan in 1977 and completed graduate studies with a Ph.D in nutrition, marketing and gerontology from Iowa State University in 1992. She earned All-America honors as a water polo player, in addition to top national honors as a swimmer and international honors in kayaking and war canoe. For over 17 years Dr. Orr has been employed by the University of Illinois as an extension specialist and director of programming EFNEP/FNP, overseeing grants, budgets, programs and services that have improved the lives of more than 1 million of our most vulnerable Illinois citizens. On March 19, 2010, Governor Pat Quinn designated "Robin A. Orr Day" at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, to acknowledge and celebrate Robin's accomplishments and to present the first annual "Robin A. Orr Community Partnership Awards" that recognize program coordination, collaboration, and outreach to improve access to food in Illinois communities.
For those wishing to make donations, the family requests that contributions be directed to the Robin Orr Food and Nutrition Education Fund at the University of Illinois, that will further educational opportunities and services in the field of nutrition and wellness. Make checks payable to University of Illinois Foundation and send to 1305 W. Green St. Urbana, IL 61801.