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John C. Lilly Jr.

John C. Lilly Jr., 70, died Nov. 17 in Zacatecas, Mexico.John Lilly was born June 2, 1937, in St. Paul, Minn., to Dr. John C. and Mary Crouch Lilly. He was a member of the first class of the Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale in 1952.He attended college at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and did some of his first work in filmmaking with his brother, Charles, in Hollywood, Calif.Mr. Lilly, an ethno-cinematographer, was an authority on the Huichol Indian culture of Central Mexico, and was invited into their communities to experience and record their traditions and way of life. Work that he did with his wife, Colette, is in the permanent collection of The Museo Arte Contemporaneo Huichol in Zacatecas. He served on the board of directors of Conservación Humana, an organization that maintains one of the most complete archives of field notes, documents, papers, photographs, audio tapes and films that exist on Huichol culture.Lilly had a lifelong interest in railroads, and published articles extensively in Mexico and the United States on the subject of light rail transportation. He was hired by the Sierra Club in the 1980s to lecture on the subject of preserving the rail line from Glenwood Springs to Aspen.Lilly is survived by his wife, Colette Lilly of Zacatecas; his mother; and an uncle, David Lilly, of St. Paul. He was preceded in death by his brother, Charles Lilly.


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