Douglas Murrey Zolper

By on December 1, 2011

Douglas Murrey Zolper, 73, of Scottsdale, Ariz., formerly of Aurora and Sugar Grove, passed away on Friday, Nov. 25, 2011. He was born Dec. 10, 1937, in Elgin, the son of the late William L. and Mary Ellen Zolper.

Doug married Mary Lou Southwick on Dec. 28, 1963, in Aurora.

Doug graduated from West Aurora High School in 1956 and then earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Education at Aurora University. He later attained his Master’s Degree in Educational Administration at Northern Illinois University. Doug began his teaching career with School District 129 in 1962 at Nicholson Elementary School. In 1966, he was appointed Director of Gifted Education and Staff In-Service Training for West Aurora Schools.

In 1972, Doug was named the Principal at Greenman Elementary School and remained in that position until his retirement in 1994. In 1993, he was honored with the West Aurora School District’s Golden Apple Award for his many contributions over his 32 years with the district. Doug had many fond memories of the students, staff and parents at Greenman Elementary School, and he missed them dearly. In 1997, Doug and Mary Lou moved to Scottsdale, Ariz. They enjoyed traveling, especially a leisurely cruise or a visit to interesting places, such as Bangkok, Berlin, Istanbul, London, and the coastal villages of Cornwall. The best summer days were spent with family and friends on the Prestbury Golf Course and the Outer Banks in North Carolina.

Doug is survived by his wife, Mary Lou of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and his sister, Sandra Zolper of Aurora.

In addition to his parents, Doug was preceded in death by his daughter, Melissa Leigh Davidson; and his brother, Michael Zolper.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, at The Healy Chapel. 332 W. Downer Place, Aurora. A private graveside service will take place on Friday, Dec. 2, at Riverside Cemetery, Montgomery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the Foundation for the West Aurora Schools in care of the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley, 111 W. Downer Place, Suite 312, Aurora, IL 60506-9913, or to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6931 Arlington Road, Bethesda, MD 20814.

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