|Death: ||Dec. 20, 2011|
Evelyn Faith Ball Eckman, 83, of Roanoke, died December 20, 2011. She was born in Aliquippa Pennsylvania, daughter of the late Bert and Mahala Ball, her husband, Guy Ellis Eckman, Jr., and a son Guy Ellis "Ted" Eckman III also preceded her in death.
Lynn Eckman could never had been the best kept secret in the world because she pretty much knew most people in the world; and those she had not met yet she already loved as though she'd known them for all time.
A powerhouse at 90 lbs, Lynn was proof that dynamite comes in a small package and the explosions in her wake were of great unbridled joy and laughter.
She was a lover of people- all kinds and a lover of words- all kinds, and there is no volume or publication large enough to print all the words that could be written of her. She exemplified the word "cherish," for she truly cherished her family, her friends, and her beloved rescued cats, and she made sure those she did cherish knew so every second of the day.
To say she will be missed is the understatement of the century, to say she will be remembered fondly is the truest statement of the century, and to know she forever dances through our hearts, and in Heaven is the most comforting thought we can share right now. We love you Lynn, thank you for making us a part of your life.
She was a graduate of Penn State and earned her Master's Degree from Hollins University. She was Professor Emeriti of Foreign Languages at Roanoke College. During her long tenure there, she well loved by her students, and was even voted Professor of the Year by the Student Body.
She is survived by her son, David Winston Eckman, of Roanoke and a sister, June Behrman of Lafayette Hills PA, four nephews, her "surrogate daughter" and very good friend Jeanne Schilgen, her beloved cat Noel, and many other loving friends.
Memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 28, 2011, at the Antrim Chapel of Roanoke College. The Rev. Paul Henrickson will officiate, and a reception will follow at the Olin Hall Gallery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Roanoke College Guy Eckman Award for Independent Study. 221 College LN, Salem VA 24153. Arrangements by Oakey's Roanoke Chapel and Crematory.
Lynn Eckman was a lover of words, literature and reading — a bibliophile.
The retired Roanoke College foreign language professor and longtime Roanoke Times book reviewer died Tuesday of a heart-related complication. She was 83.
Her son David Eckman, the owner of Spike's Restaurant in Grandin Village, said his mother had been treated for lung cancer. She also suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and postherpetic neuralgia, he said.
"She read more than anyone I know," David Eckman said. "No Kindle for her. She was a book purist. If I picked up a book wrong and held it by the spine, I was chastised appropriately."
Lynn Eckman taught at Roanoke College from 1960 to 1994. She was a professor emeritus of foreign languages.
"She was a very fine lady. She was interested in people and things of the mind very much," said Martin Favarta, a Roanoke College Spanish professor from 1974 to 1985.
Favarta, who now lives and works in Tampa, Fla., said his afternoon office hours often coincided with Eckman's, at a time when other professors were in classes or gone for the day. Their schedules allowed the two to get to know each other better.
"There were six of us in the department," Favarta recounted. "There was never any rancor. We could disagree professionally, but it was never personal."
Favarta said Eckman was pleasant and a good colleague. She also was beloved by her students: In 1976 they awarded Eckman the inaugural Blue Key/Cardinal Key Outstanding Professor title, according to Roanoke College spokeswoman Teresa Gereaux.
Jeanne Schilgen was a student of Eckman's who later unofficially became part of the Eckman family.
"She used to invite students to her house. I just became a friend of the family," Schilgen said.
Schilgen and David Eckman hit it off right away, just like brother and sister, she said. Schilgen began to vacation with the family. Her friendship with Eckman spanned decades and Eckman's obituary lists Schilgen as her "surrogate daughter."
The pair traveled to London together several times and Schilgen was ever impressed by Eckman's knowledge.
"She loved history. She also knew the history of England — the lineage of kings, who was beheaded at the Tower of London. ... She could just spout that stuff off like nothing," Schilgen recounted.
Eckman since 1990 wrote more than 150 book reviews that were published in The Roanoke Times, according to the newspaper's electronic archives.
Eckman was preceded in death by her husband, Guy Eckman, a Roanoke College psychology professor who died in 1979. Her eldest son, Ted Eckman, died in the crash of a small plane near the Outer Banks of North Carolina two decades later.
"She was my mom, but she was so much more," David Eckman, 56, said Friday.
Tuesday was hard for him as it was a best-of-times-worst-of-times kind of day, he said. David Eckman received test results that a mass previously thought to be cancerous was in fact benign. He said he was able to deliver that information to his mother's bedside at LewisGale Medical Center minutes before she took her last breath. He said he feels like she comprehended it because she repeated the words "no cancer."
"It was almost too much to handle, the dichotomy of the good news and the bad," he said.
A memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. Wednesday at Roanoke College's Antrim Chapel.
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