Rev. John G. Truitt Jr., a graduate in the class of 1953, died Saturday at the age of 81. He died after a long battle with illness, according to Elon University Communications.

A celebration of Truitt's life will be held at the Elon Community Church Monday at 2 p.m. A private burial with full military honors will follow in the chapel on Chaplain’s Hill at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington. Memorial donations are requested to be made to the Truitt-Hagan Endowed Scholarship, Elon University, Campus Box 2500, Elon NC, 27244 or to the Elon Community Church, Post Office Box 625, Elon NC, 27244.

The Truitt name has been associated with Elon since the early 1900s, in the school's fledgling years following its 1889 founding. The recently opened Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life is named for a relative, Edna Truitt Noiles, who is a longtime donor to the university with her husband.

Find Truitt's full obituary here.