Molly Mack


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Molly Ann Mack passed away on Dec. 10, 2008, in Champaign, at the age of 58.

She was born in Portland, Ore., on July 19, 1950, the daughter of Robert and Gretchen Mack.

She was a professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Illinois and had resided in Illinois since 1985. After attending St. Mary's Academy (Portland, Ore.) for high school, Dr. Mack received her B.A. degree in English from Willamette University (Salem, Ore.), her M.A. in English from the University of Vermont, and her Ph.D. in linguistics from Brown University.

Prior to her position at the University of Illinois, she had worked in a post-doctoral position at Brown, taught psycholinguistics at Wellesley College, and served as a speech researcher at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory.

She was the author of articles and chapters on psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics, and was the co-editor of a book, "Mind, Brain, and Language." She had struggled with fibromyalgia, and chronic pain and fatigue condition, since 1986, and in 2002 was diagnosed with late-stage Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, for which she underwent years of maintenance chemotherapy.

She is survived by one brother and a former husband.

There will be no services.

Morgan Memorial Home, 1304 Regency Drive West, Savoy, is handling arrangements.

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