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Challenged with (and overcoming) dyslexia in his early youth, Orv was a successful athletic coach and entrepreneur (including an over 3-yr. stint as a full-time Chicago Mercantile Exchange Trader), as well as a terrific educator, who impacted many students lives at WB, and in the local DuPage County community.
Orv was a Detroit native. His family moved to the Oak Park, IL when he was nine. He graduated from Bradley University in 1967, financing his education on a full track scholarhship, while also performing as a running back on the football team.
A quote from his Chicago Tribune Obituary: He was a champ in every way--a remarkable man who did more for so many kids than anyone I know, said Ned Colletti, a longtime friend and the assistant general manager for the San Francisco Giants.
A college scholarship was been created in his honor. Applicants must have demonstrated an optimistic outlook on life, involvement in extra-curricular activities, a showing respect for their peers and adults and serving as a friend to those in need.
This very much sounds like the Orv Wilkin we all knew.
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