Marjorie Giles, 82, a longtime former Central College staff member and active participant in the Central and Pella communities, died May 5, 2019, in Pella, Iowa.
Giles joined Central in 1972 as associate dean of students and served as dean of students from 1993-95. In addition, she served as the college’s director of retention and development programs from 1995-98.
Originally from the Chicago area, Giles attended the National College of Education and received a master’s degree from McCormick Theological Seminary. Before her work at Central, she served as a kindergarten teacher, a Christian education director and on the residence hall staff of Illinois State University.
An avid sports fan, Giles helped start women’s athletics championships in the Iowa Conference (now the American Rivers Conference), was a member of the NCAA Council from 1990-93 and was the first female president of the Iowa Conference during the 1991-92 academic year. In 2003, the IIAC renamed the women’s all-sports trophy the “Marjorie B. Giles Trophy.” At Central, the Marjorie Giles Student Life Leadership Award is presented annually to a student who has demonstrated values and faith-based leadership in a variety of co-curricular activities, in addition to Central athletics as an athlete, trainer, student, coach or in another related athletics role.
In 2004, Giles received the Fellowship of Service award for dedicating more than 26 years of professional service to Central. She remained active in her retirement and was an active member of Friends of the Central Arts, Central RED, Central Club, Cornerstone Society, Heritage Club and the Second Reformed Church of Pella. Funeral arrangements are pending at Van Dyk-Duven Funeral Home in Pella.