Bill Heyduck

July 9, 2018 10:07 AM

Spouse name: Florence Hagen Heyduck ’52

Millikin major: Art

Other degrees: 

  • Maestro en Bellas Artes, Mexico City College, Mexico City, Mexico
  • M.Ed., University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois
  • D.Ed., Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania

Current employment: Retired as professor emeritus of art after teaching ceramics at Eastern Illinois University for 29 years.

Why did you choose MU?
I think for two reasons: (1) I grew up in Decatur and as a kid, I had attended a summer art class there. I guess I always thought that would be where I would go to school. (2) I had just been discharged from the Marine Corps, had been away for three years and I think I just wanted to be closer to home for a while.

What activities did you participate in as a student at MU?
I was president of the Independent Student Organization, vice president of the Art Club, member of the Millikin Religious Association, played intermural touch football, member of the Student Council, member of the Student Affairs Committee, designed scenery for one play and did advertising for another play, selected for “Who's Who in American Universities and Colleges.” The yearbook also says I was co-chair of the Decaturian Committee, but for the life of me, I don't remember that committee. For two years, I was also barracks manager of one of the barracks the men had as dormitories back in the “Dark Ages.”

What are some of your accomplishments since graduating from Millikin?

  • First scenery designer for WTVP (now WAND)
  • Scenery painter at XEW TV, Mexico City
  • Taught art in the public schools for 12 years and taught ceramics at Eastern Illinois University for 29 years. Retiring as professor emeritus.
  • I have operated my pottery business (Heyduck Stoneware) since 1971.
  • I have ceramic pieces in the permanent collection of four galleries:
    • Swope Gallery, Terra Haute, Ind.
    • Evansville Gallery of the Arts and Science, Evansville, Ind.
    • Lock Haven University Art Gallery, Lock Haven, Pa.
    • Tarble Art Center, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Ill.
  • I have won numerous awards in regional competitions and the professional division of the Illinois State Fair.
  • I received the Distinguished Faculty Award at Eastern Illinois University in 1995.
  • I am Commander of the Coles County Marine Corps League
  • I am an Elder in the Presbyterian Church and serve on the Session.
  • I am a director on The Charleston Churches Food Pantry.
  • I helped rebuild houses in Mississippi with my church group after Hurricane Katrina and packed survival kits with the Presbyterian Disaster Center in Little Rock, Ark.
  • I donate ceramic bowls each year to Bowls of Hope and cat pots for the feral cat neutering group in Bloomington, Ill.
  • I am a past president of the Coles County Art Association and an active member.
  • Helped form a Memoir Writing Group that is entering its 10th year of life.

    I think that is enough bragging; I had better stop.

When not supporting the Big Blue, what is your favorite thing to do?
Making pottery and writing young adult and middle grade science fiction novels. None published yet.

Who is your most memorable MU professor or staff member and why?
Mr. David Squires, the [former] head of the Art Department. When I did my student teaching, I had to miss the first six weeks of his Art History class. To keep me from missing those lectures, Mr. Squires placed the slides of his lecture and his notes in the Art History room for me to view and read. A very thoughtful and caring man. I think he may have been the one who recommended me for the “Who's Who of American Students.”

What is your most memorable MU experience?
Living in the dorm at Mills Hall was a dramatic change from my “previous life.” Those three years gave me insights into a wide range of people, their life experiences, their values and their choices. These insights helped me to decide what kind of person I wanted to be.

What is one concept you learned at Millikin that you use regularly?
Taking responsibility for finding answers to your own questions.

What advice do you give to current Millikin students about preparing for life after graduation?
Be willing to take a risk when an opportunity comes your way. The fine education you got at Millikin prepared you for it.

Other family members who are also Millikin alumni or students:
Brother Paul Heyduck ’58 and Paul's wife, Charleen Heileman Heyduck ’58