June 29, 2006

Lee Idleman

Lee Idleman

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Lee Idleman, 73, former chair of Bucknell's Board of Trustees and recipient of the1994 Bucknell Alumni Association Award for Loyalty and Service to the University, died Monday, June 26.

"Lee served the University in countless ways," said Bucknell President Brian C. Mitchell. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Lee's family during this difficult time."

Judge Susan Crawford, chair of the Bucknell Board of Trustees, said, "Lee Idleman provided a wonderful example of leadership, service, and dedication to Bucknell, and we are grateful for his many lasting contributions to the university. This is a sad day for all of us who knew and admired Lee."

In recognition of his distinguished and extraordinary service to the University, Bucknell will host a service in the fall at which Mr. Idleman          
will posthumously receive the Stephen W. Taylor Medal.

Among his numerous contributions to the University, the Class of 1954 graduate served on the Board of Trustees in both active and emeritus roles from 1980 to 2005. He was a member of Bison Club Executive Committee and chair of the presidential search committee in 1984.

In 1986, Idleman established the Idleman Family Scholarship, which provided financial aid to talented students who, without his help, would not have been able to attend Bucknell.

The family will receive well wishers on Friday, June 30, from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. at the William A. Bradley & Son Funeral Home, 345 Main St., Chatham, N.J. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made at the family's request to Bucknell University, Cooley Hall, Attn: Idleman Family Scholarship, Lewisburg, Pa. 17837.

Posted June 29, 2006

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