Eleanor Kilgour was born in Bogota, New Jersey, and died in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, after a brief illness.
Eleanor grew up in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Mount Holyoke College 1936. A lifelong lover of literature, she began working in publishing and at the Harvard College library, where she met her husband, Fred Kilgour.
During World War II, Eleanor worked at the Office of War Information in Washington, DC, and started a family that eventually grew to include four children. When the family moved to the New Haven area, Eleanor worked as a nursery-school teacher and at Head Start.
In 1967, the family moved to Columbus, Ohio, where Eleanor worked as an editor of various publications. She and Fred became avid birders, and frequently vacationed in Maine, where they came to love sailing. Fred’s work came to involve extensive travel, which Eleanor, who often accompanied him, enjoyed immensely.
The Kilgours moved from Ohio to Carolina Meadows in Chapel Hill in 1990, and continued to pursue their interest in birding, while Eleanor kept up her literary interests and friendships. She also maintained an avid interest in politics, both local and national.
In her later years, an unfailingly gracious and sweet demeanor, and the sense of humor that never deserted her, won the hearts of many of those who cared for her. She is survived by her daughters Vajra Alison Kilgour and Meredith Kilgour Perdiew; son-in-law Edward Perdiew; two grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She will be much missed.
The family would like to express their profound gratitude to the staff of Carolina Meadows for the remarkable skill and warm affection with which they cared for Eleanor, and would like to request that donations in memory of Eleanor Kilgour be made to two staff funds at Carolina Meadows: checks can be made out to Carolina Meadows, Inc., with “Employee Appreciation Fund” or “Scholarship Fund” in the memo line, and sent to Carolina Meadows at 100 Carolina Meadows, Chapel Hill, NC 27517; Attn: Business Office.
A memorial service will be held on January 15, 2014, at 11 AM, in the Board Room at the Club Center of Carolina Meadows.