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Marvin Dilkey grew up in New Castle, Indiana, the son of Ora Dilkey. Dilkey received his undergraduate degree in Latin and German from DePauw University in 1932, after which he studied for two years at Bonn University in Germany. Dilkey went on to obtain his PhD in German from Cornell University.
Dilkey taught at both his undergraduate and graduate institutions, as well as Blackburn College. He joined the faculty of Lake Forest College in 1955 as an assistant professor of German and English.