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John Virtue Ilott

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Rotary District Committee

Employment History

  • President
    Association of N.Z. Advertising Agencies
  • International Vice President and National President
    Jaycees Movement
  • President
    Rotary Club of Wellington

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    Everton Hall Student Hostel


  • Victoria University College
Web References
Christ's College Old Boys' Association, 17 May 2001 [cached]
JOHN VIRTUE ILOTT (3895) Aged 85
Known as Jack, he was the son of Sir John Moody Albert Ilott and Lady Ilott of Wellington and was in Condell's House from 1928 to 1931.
He attended Victoria University College where he graduated B.Com. and later A.C.A. and held the N.Z.U. Light-Heavyweight Boxing Championship in 1935.With other he established the Everton Hall Student Hostel, the V.U.W. Marae and Meeting Hall, the N.Z. Oral History Archive Trust, the Ilott Education Foundation, the Ilott Coffee Lounge, the University Alumni Association (Past Patron) and the Ilott Lecture Theatre.In 1999 he was given the Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his services to V.U.W.
His working career was at Ilott Advertising (1932 to 1982) when he was President of the Association of N.Z. Advertising Agencies.In 1984 he published the history of the firm Creating Customers, Story of Ilott Advertising, and in 1993 a history of his family, The Ilott Story.Jack was also helped start numerous family and community organisations: Marriage Guidance Council (now Relationship Services), the National Heart Foundation, the N.Z. Association of Philanthropic Trusts and the Karori Rotary Club.He was also an international vice-president and national president of the Jaycees Movement, President of the Rotary Club of Wellington, Chairman of the Rotary District Committee and a Paul Harris Fellow.
Jack was particularly generous, being a benefactor of The John Ilott Charitable Trust, the Downstage Professional Theatre, the Ilott Concert Chamber in the Wellington Town Hall, the St Andrew's on the Terrace Church Musical Trust (including the Steinway piano for lunchtime concerts) and the National Art Gallery at the Museum of New Zealand (now Te Papa).He also gave the Ilott Lake and Waterfall, the Ilott Practice Fairway and 3,000 trees and shrubs to the Hutt Golf Club, and in gratitude was made an Honorary Member of the Hutt Ladies' Golf Club.To the Oriental Bay Residents' Association he gave two rafts for swimmers and a children's playground.
Months before he died the Mayor named the Jack Ilott Green in gratitude for his services to the city of Wellington, where he died on 7 August 1999.He is survived by his partner Anne Stidworthy and his sister, Suzanne.
He was the younger son of Andrew Rutherford Clark Kilian of Christchurch and after attending Medbury School as one of the first pupils, was in Flower's House from 1928 to 1931 when he was awarded colours for Gymnastics and Swimming.
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