Aimée Marguerite Loftin, 90, passed away Feb. 2, 2017, in Fairfield Glade, TN. She is buried with her parents U.C. Loftin and Aimée Le Beuf Loftin in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Suitland, MD. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Caroline Reed Loftin, widow of Ulphian Carr Loftin Jr.; niece, Nicole Loftin Tate; and nephews, Richard and Robert Loftin.
Born in New Orleans, LA, on Aug. 4, 1926, she devoted her life to the education of others. From the humblest beginning as a student assistance at the University of Maryland, then as a kindergarten teacher in the territory of Hawaii in 1949. Aimée received her Masters and then Doctor of Education from Illinois University. Culminating in a 30 year tenure, 1957 to 1986 at Western Illinois University, where she taught and eventually headed the Department of Women's Physical Education. As an early student of kinesiology and a progressive advocate for expanded women's athletics, she help established the women golf program at WIU. Aimée continued her education throughout her professional career, aways seeking to expand her prodigious knowledge through her extensive travels.
Upon her retirement Aimée's love of golf, travel and women sports led her and her lifelong friend, JoAnn Robertson, to golf courses around the world. They played in Australia, New Zealand, England, Finland, Greece, Scotland, Ireland, France, Italy, Lithuania, Russia and throughout the USA, rewarding her with five holes-in-one and six for JoAnn.
As season ticket holders of the Lady Vols, they supporting their close friend Pat Summitt spending many years rooting "their" team to many NCAA women's national championships.
All of Aimée's golfing friends will miss the dry wit, consistent accuracy and knowledge of the game she loved so well. Especially Jo Ann, RoseMarie, Norma, Pam, Mary, Pat and Dutch and so many more.
Aimee's family, friends and students will dearly miss their unique and talented friend and teacher.
Published on May 2, 2017