Driven towards excellence, culturally well rounded, and profound in her mantra for continuing education are just a few of the ways Dr. Dorothy Cornish made her contribution to society. While she lived a mere 84 years, Dr. Cornish’s impact in the Midwest will be felt for decades to come. She lived her creed, which was to excel at all times, in whatever one chooses to do in life. She made her transition to the ancestors peacefully, surrounded by her family members on Friday, July 24, 2015.
An esteemed educator, Dr. Cornish was retired from Illinois Central College, where she served as the director of the downtown campus. However, Dorothy kept teaching her scholars African American history years after her official retirement date of 1994. As a teacher, counselor, community organizer, and advocate for early childhood education, she used her skills and talents to touch thousands of students.
Dr. Cornish was preceded in death by her husband, Mr. Herman L. Cornish, in February 2008.Services have been held at her parish home, St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, where she had been a member for many years. Her beloved public service sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., held its Omega Omega ritual on July 31st, towards the end of the visitation. Her burial was at Resurrection Cemetery.
She is survived by her son Kenneth (Veara) Cornish of Peoria; daughter Janet (George) Cornish of Peoria; and Kelly (Deron) Robbins of Plainfield, IL., 10 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
Wright and Salmon Mortuary served the family during their time of need.