Professor Francis C. Tilden and his wife, the poet Ethel Arnold Tilden, taken in 1948
Illinois Professor Francis C. Tilden taught at DePauw for over 30 years. The popular and much-admired professor retired in June 1940. He died in 1958 at the age of 85 and was buried in Forest Hill Cemetery. His wife, Ethel Arnold Tilden, who preceded him in death in 1950, was a widely recognized poet as well as housewife and mother. A Greencastle native and graduate of DePauw, she was perhaps best known for writing the words to an oratorio composed for the 150th anniversary of Methodism by Van Denman Thompson, "The Evangel of the Western World" (https://www.depauw.edu/library/archives/ehistory/chapter3/Tilden.html).