Marilyn L. Eddington was born October 6, 1931, in Middletown, Connecticut to William Lamond and his wife Janice Meredith Lamond. She spent her early years in various places her father, a chemical engineer, worked: Montreal, Quebec; Toronto, Ontario; Akron and Sebring, Ohio; and Charlotte, North Carolina. Her father was a graduate of Brown University, her mother of Grinnell College. A graduate of Buchtel High School in Akron, Ohio, Marilyn earned her BA degree and Phi Beta Kappa key from Miami University of Ohio, with a major in Spanish. Her graduate studies at the University of North Carolina in Chapel resulted in an MA degree in 1954 and a thesis on "The Role of Kings in the Comedias of Calderon de la Barca". She completed the requirements for her doctorate in Romance Languages with her dissertation in 1958 on "Eugene Scribe and the Spanish Theatre, 1834-1850". As an authority on Spanish drama, she wrote professional articles and presided over sessions and made presentations at meetings of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese and the Modern Languages Association. Marilyn began her teaching career at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Her next post was as an instructor at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. After earning her Ph.D. she became an Assistant Professor at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. In 1960 she joined the faculty of the University of Detroit and remained there until 1993 when she retired as Chair of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages. Marilyn and her husband, George, were world travelers, having visited more than 100 countries. Her curiosity led them to places he did not particularly want to see; Antarctica, for example, after many winters in Michigan. An animal lover, she was intrigued by Koala Bears in Australia and wild animals in Kenya and South Africa, where she noted that the guides referred to the animals in the singular, even if there were more than one: "I see lion, giraffe and elephant." Her interest in animals extended to her domestic pets. Although she did not exactly ever try to herd cats, she had the patience to get them to do what she wanted- no small feat. Two years ago, on a trip around the world, the vessel on which they were traveling posted security watches as it left Salalah, Oman, on the Arabian Sea. The lights on the upper decks were extinguished to make the ship look, from a distance, like a freighter. The pirates in the area like passenger ships because of the cash they carry to pay their employees every two weeks. The fire hoses had been unfurled and were ready to be aimed at pirates who might attempt to board the ship. Fortunately, on that particular trip, the pirates left it alone and it entered the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea, unharmed. However, several months later, the ship was attacked by Somali pirates. On that trip, during a stop in Aqaba, Jordan, Marilyn said how excited she was to get to the border with Saudi Arabia, even if she could not cross the frontier. On her last journey, following the routes of the Vikings to Greenland, Iceland and the British Isles, she was able to disembark only three times, as her illness had begun. Marilyn's other interests included gardening (only in Michigan without rocks!), Bridge, reading (she had been president of the local Great Books Club four times), Booktalk and watching tennis and golf. She was Membership Vice President for many years of the Casas Adobes branch of the American Association of University Women. Marilyn was an avid tennis fan and kept up with all the doings of the international players. She was also a meticulous housekeeper; between hospital and nursing home stays she insisted on reorganizing her clothes closet, using her precious, waning energy on a rather futile exercise. Marilyn died on Thursday August 26, as she was being transferred from Northwest Hospital to Odyssey Hospice in Tucson.