It is with a heavy heart that I report the passing of Phyllis Tickle. I received word just a few moments ago. Apparently, she died peacefully in her sleep, earlier this afternoon.
Dr. Tickle was a pioneer in religious publishing, having founded and served as the first editor of the religion section of Publishers Weekly. She was a widely regarded lecturer, and the author of more than three dozen books on various spiritual and religious subjects.
She was a good friend to the Chicago Sunday Evening Club , appearing twice as a guest on our show 30 Good Minutes over the years (watch here and here). I also had the privilege of interviewing her for Things Not Seen Radio.
Moreover, she was a dear friend to my family. We were introduced to her several years ago by a mutual friend, Roger R. Easson, when we lived in the Memphis area. She welcomed my wife and me, and our children, to her Farm in Lucy, TN.
Since our moving to Chicago, we stayed in touch. We grieved with her early this year, when her husband, Sam, passed, and we were heartbroken to hear of her own diagnosis of cancer just a few months after.
She was loved and beloved. She was wise and she was fierce. She blazed trails and she gathered others for the journey. She has left us. She was ready. She will be missed. She will be missed.
- David Dault
President and CEO