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Celebrating the life of
Joseph Ignatius Killorin
March 21, 1926 - October 19, 2018
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel
912-898-0900
  • Family & Friends Gathering
  • 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. - Sunday, October 28, 2018
  • Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel
  • 4605 Hwy 80 East (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31410

  • 912-898-0900

Dean Killorin kept Armstrong together during the turbulent 1960's. I admire him for being there for every student. Our prayers go out to the family at this time of great loss.

Dr. J Thomas maddox, Naples, Fl

I got to know Dean Killorin when I was a student at Armstrong from 1963 to 1965. In the late part of my sophomore year, I wasn’t sure where I should apply for completion of my Bachelor’s degree. I visited him in his office and asked for his advice. He said he thought it would be a good idea to apply to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. That had not occurred to me but because of my respect for his view, I applied and was accepted. It was one the best decisions I ever made for it set me on a path that eventually led to my getting a Ph. D. and a rewarding career as a university professor. I will always remember Dean Killorin for his kindness and for having such a significant impact on my life. Blessings to his family.

Chuck Claxton, Blowing Rock, NC

Joe was a wonderful colleague . He will be remembered for being one of Armstrong’s finest scholars as well as the epitome of a true academic in almost every sense of the word. I always enjoyed the time we spent together and valued the advice he gave me on the “Armstrong way”. My condolences to his family and all those who had the good fortune to have known him.

Frank Butler, Roswell, GEORGIA

Because of Dr. Killorin's classes in Greek and Roman classical culture, my interest in the world has never ceased to expand far beyond my limited knowledge base of rural Georgia. There is seldom a day when I fail to acknowledge the impact of this unique learning experience. Travels, studies, living abroad and the joy of unique studies have enriched my life beyond measure, for which I shall always be grateful.

Colleen Sanders, Kingsland, GA

Professor Killorin's courses inspired me to major in Shakespeare in graduate school. I am honored to have been his student.

Margaret Brockland-Nease, Savannah, GA

May God provide what the friends and family of Mr. Killorin need during this difficult time, and may they find comfort in the Bible's promises that soon, "all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out" (John 5:28, 29), and that "[God] will wipe out every tear from [our] eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore." (Revelation 21:3, 4). In fact, God 'will swallow up death forever, and He will wipe away the tears from all faces...for He himself has spoken it.' (Isaiah 25:8) We can also rest assured that, "the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our trials" will help us endure until he brings about these promises. (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4)

Paulaina, , CT

I enjoyed Dr. Killorin ‘s classes at ASU, was at one time support service provider at Hospice. I recall 2 of his daughters briefly attending St. Michael’s parochial school on Tybee. I graduated there in 1966. A very insightful man.

Ed Fahey, LCSW., Springfield , Ga

My sincere condolences to the family, please reflect on the account of Jesus resurrecting his friend Lazarus (John 11:25,26) just imagine what will happen on a grander scale.

Kay F, Savannah , Ga

Both Henry and I and our children send our love and prayers especially for the gathering on Sunday. We were privileged to stay with Joe and Harriet several times on our visits from England. We loved having cousins on Tybee! Joe was such an inspiration to us and a joy to be with; we have wonderful memories.

Catherine Rose Ware Scriven , Abingdon, Oxfordshire , UK

Dear Diana and Claire, I was sad to learn that your dad passed away. Please accept my sympathy in the loss of both of your parents and know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Amy Beecher Mulligan

Amy Beecher Mulligan, St. Augustine, FL

So very sorry for your loss. Isaiah 25:8 says “He will swallow up death forever, And the Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces.”

D K, ,

As Dr. Killorin's student I became a better learner than I had been. On stage with him in a Masquers play I became a better actress. He had the gift of making all who knew him better people than they had been. Not only brilliant himself, he made all who knew him better than they thought they could be. Heaven is now richer with him in it. As you mourn his death, rejoice in his on-going life.

Claudette Warlick, Savannah, Georgia

To Family, May Dean Killorin Rest in the Eternal Peace of Our Lord. God Bless

Roy Banks, Flowery Branch, Ga

To the family may God's promises found at Acts 24:15 bring you comfort at this difficult time.

Sue, ,

My condolences to the family. Dr. Killorin was one of my favorite professors at Armstrong State College. I can still remember his powerful reading of excerpts from the novel "Heart of Darkness".

Gary Teller, Atlanta, GA

Dr. Killorin was my professor and adviser at Armstrong. He was the best! My sympathy to the family.

Marie Green Bryant, Savannah, GA

On Friday October 19, 2018, Joseph Ignatius Killorin, aged 92, died peacefully of heart failure at his home under the care of Hospice Savannah. With Joe at his death were his daughters Diana and Clare. With him, in memory, were his wife Harriet and daughter Elizabeth who predeceased him by just a few years.

Joe was born in 1926 to Myrtle Bell and Joseph Killorin, Sr. in Savannah and grew up in family homes on Anderson Street and 37th Street with his brothers Quentin, Edward, and George. He attended Sacred Heart School where he was first taught to love learning by the Sisters of St. Joseph, and Benedictine Military School. He went on to St. John's College, Annapolis, and then to Columbia University, where he earned a Masters in History and Ph.D. in Philosophy.

When Joe returned to Savannah in 1948, he began his career teaching at Armstrong Junior College. As Armstrong grew into a four-year State college, Joe served as Academic Dean for a number of years and eventually held the Callaway Chair of Literature and Philosophy. He retired from teaching in 1988. During his Armstrong years Joe was a sometime director and actor with the Armstrong Masquers and the Little Theatre of Savannah. He also served as President of the Poetry Society in the 1960's and was a member of the Madeira Club. In the 1970's, at the request of his friend, poet and novelist Conrad Aiken, Joe edited "Selected Letters of Conrad Aiken" which was published by Yale University Press in 1978.
Surviving Joe are daughters Diana Killorin and Clare Killorin, sisters-in-law Isabelle Powers Killorin, Virginia Ware Killorin, and Kathryn Williamson Killorin, a number of nieces and nephews, several close cousins, and many dear friends who felt to him like family.

Our love and appreciation are extended to Liz Maher and Pat McPhatter of Hospice Savannah.
Diana and Clare invite all friends and family to join us for a memorial gathering this Sunday, Oct. 28th from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel.
The family suggests any remembrances be made to America's Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia, 2501 East President Street, Savannah, GA. 31404; or
Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, Mission Advancement Office, 6400 Minnesota Ave., St. Louis, MO 63111.

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Dean Killorin kept Armstrong together during the turbulent 1960's. I admire him for being there for every student. Our prayers go out to the family at this time of great loss.

Dr. J Thomas maddox, Naples, Fl

I got to know Dean Killorin when I was a student at Armstrong from 1963 to 1965. In the late part of my sophomore year, I wasn’t sure where I should apply for completion of my Bachelor’s degree. I visited him in his office and asked for his advice. He said he thought it would be a good idea to apply to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. That had not occurred to me but because of my respect for his view, I applied and was accepted. It was one the best decisions I ever made for it set me on a path that eventually led to my getting a Ph. D. and a rewarding career as a university professor. I will always remember Dean Killorin for his kindness and for having such a significant impact on my life. Blessings to his family.

Chuck Claxton, Blowing Rock, NC

Joe was a wonderful colleague . He will be remembered for being one of Armstrong’s finest scholars as well as the epitome of a true academic in almost every sense of the word. I always enjoyed the time we spent together and valued the advice he gave me on the “Armstrong way”. My condolences to his family and all those who had the good fortune to have known him.

Frank Butler, Roswell, GEORGIA

Because of Dr. Killorin's classes in Greek and Roman classical culture, my interest in the world has never ceased to expand far beyond my limited knowledge base of rural Georgia. There is seldom a day when I fail to acknowledge the impact of this unique learning experience. Travels, studies, living abroad and the joy of unique studies have enriched my life beyond measure, for which I shall always be grateful.

Colleen Sanders, Kingsland, GA

Professor Killorin's courses inspired me to major in Shakespeare in graduate school. I am honored to have been his student.

Margaret Brockland-Nease, Savannah, GA

May God provide what the friends and family of Mr. Killorin need during this difficult time, and may they find comfort in the Bible's promises that soon, "all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out" (John 5:28, 29), and that "[God] will wipe out every tear from [our] eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore." (Revelation 21:3, 4). In fact, God 'will swallow up death forever, and He will wipe away the tears from all faces...for He himself has spoken it.' (Isaiah 25:8) We can also rest assured that, "the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our trials" will help us endure until he brings about these promises. (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4)

Paulaina, , CT

I enjoyed Dr. Killorin ‘s classes at ASU, was at one time support service provider at Hospice. I recall 2 of his daughters briefly attending St. Michael’s parochial school on Tybee. I graduated there in 1966. A very insightful man.

Ed Fahey, LCSW., Springfield , Ga

My sincere condolences to the family, please reflect on the account of Jesus resurrecting his friend Lazarus (John 11:25,26) just imagine what will happen on a grander scale.

Kay F, Savannah , Ga

Both Henry and I and our children send our love and prayers especially for the gathering on Sunday. We were privileged to stay with Joe and Harriet several times on our visits from England. We loved having cousins on Tybee! Joe was such an inspiration to us and a joy to be with; we have wonderful memories.

Catherine Rose Ware Scriven , Abingdon, Oxfordshire , UK

Dear Diana and Claire, I was sad to learn that your dad passed away. Please accept my sympathy in the loss of both of your parents and know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Amy Beecher Mulligan

Amy Beecher Mulligan, St. Augustine, FL

So very sorry for your loss. Isaiah 25:8 says “He will swallow up death forever, And the Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces.”

D K, ,

As Dr. Killorin's student I became a better learner than I had been. On stage with him in a Masquers play I became a better actress. He had the gift of making all who knew him better people than they had been. Not only brilliant himself, he made all who knew him better than they thought they could be. Heaven is now richer with him in it. As you mourn his death, rejoice in his on-going life.

Claudette Warlick, Savannah, Georgia

To Family, May Dean Killorin Rest in the Eternal Peace of Our Lord. God Bless

Roy Banks, Flowery Branch, Ga

To the family may God's promises found at Acts 24:15 bring you comfort at this difficult time.

Sue, ,

My condolences to the family. Dr. Killorin was one of my favorite professors at Armstrong State College. I can still remember his powerful reading of excerpts from the novel "Heart of Darkness".

Gary Teller, Atlanta, GA

Dr. Killorin was my professor and adviser at Armstrong. He was the best! My sympathy to the family.

Marie Green Bryant, Savannah, GA


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