Dr. John Killigrew

Obituary of Dr. John Killigrew

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John W. Killigrew  


Born September 6, 1923, in Gary, Indiana, died suddenly March 31, 2022 in Rochester, NY.  He is survived by children: Jeremiah, Kieran, Daniel (Diane), Claudia, and grandsons John & Kevin.  He was predeceased by his wife June, brother Jeremiah and sister Mary.

John graduated from Marmion Military Academy in 1941, was awarded the Silver Star in combat at Anzio (WWII) in 1944.  He completed his BA (DePaul), MA and PhD (Indiana University).  John worked in Washington DC for the CIA for 5 years and another three with the Special Operations Research Office.

In 1963, John began a 42-year career as a History professor at SUNY Brockport. Prof. Killigrew was awarded the Chancellor’s award for Excellence in Teaching in 1980.  He published a book and numerous articles on Chinese history. John crafted timely “Speaking Out” pieces for the Democrat and Chronicle regarding China. Research found him in Taiwan, Nepal, and several universities in the People’s Republic of China, he was one of the first SUNY Exchange Scholars in 1980-81 (Beijing University).

Dr. Killigrew’s passion for China proved contagious for students, several of whom went to China to study the language.  John learned and became proficient in Chinese cooking.  For many years Mr. & Mrs. Killigrew hosted a Chinese banquet at their home and later at Chinatown restaurant for his students.

A consummate scholar-teacher whose passion for his subject, work ethic and integrity never waned, he will be missed.

Family will receive friends on Thursday, April 7, 2022 from 3 – 5 PM at Fowler Funeral Home, Inc., 340 West Ave., Brockport. 

A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, April 8, 2022 at 10:00 AM at the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 152 Main St., Brockport.

A Luncheon Reception to follow the Funeral Mass at the Morgan Manning House.  

A Graveside Service will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 9:00 AM in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Canal Rd., Brockport.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Western New York Historical Society Morgan Manning House, 151 Main St. S, Brockport, NY 14420, in John’s memory.

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Calling Hours

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Thursday, April 7, 2022
Fowler Funeral Home, Inc.
340 West Ave
Brockport, New York, United States
(585) 637-6100

Funeral Mass

10:00 am
Friday, April 8, 2022
Nativity Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary
152 Main Street
Brockport, New York, United States
(585) 637-4500

Graveside Service

9:00 am
Saturday, May 14, 2022
Mt. Olivet Cemetery
Canal Road
Brockport, New York, United States
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