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Loyal Redbird couple named Homecoming royalty

Gene and Diane Jontry

Illinois State alumni Gene Jontry and Diane (Curtis) Jontry.

This year’s Homecoming was meaningful for Diane (Curtis) and Gene Jontry, who were alumni king and queen. Both came to ISU with a desire to teach.

Diane ’66 studied business teacher education and worked with students in Chenoa schools. Gene ’58 studied physical education and was a student-athlete on the basketball team. He served as a Central Illinois educator, coach, principal and regional superintendent for 45 years.

From roles in Senior Professionals and Athletics to the Alumni Association and the Foundation board, it’s impossible to miss how the Jontrys have proven their passion for Illinois State.

They are also loyal supporters of the College of Education (COE), College of Business and Athletics. Gene is an inductee in COE’s Hall of Fame and Athletics Percy Family Hall of Fame. He received the Senator John W. Maitland Jr. Commitment to Education Award. He and Diane are members of the 1857 Society and President’s Circle.

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