KU News Release

April 28, 2011
Contact: Jill Jess, University Relations, 785-864-8858

University mourns professor emerita Edwyna Gilbert

LAWRENCE — University of Kansas Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and other officials issued the following statements today on the death of Edwyna Gilbert, professor emerita of English.

Gray-Little: “Edwyna Gilbert was a respected and dedicated faculty member for many years. After her retirement, she continued to serve the university, through her work with groups such as the Endacott Society, the Hall Center for the Humanities and KU Friends of the Library. On behalf of the entire KU community, I send sincere condolences to her friends and colleagues.”

Marta Caminero-Santangelo, chair of the Department of English: “Edwyna was a beloved teacher in the English department; faculty who knew her describe her as a true mentor. For many years, she was the only person teaching children’s literature at KU. She is going to be missed tremendously.”

Lorraine J. Haricombe, dean of libraries: “We were most fortunate to count Edwyna as a colleague and friend. As chair of the KU Libraries Board of Advocates and in her many roles across campus, Edwyna emanated an affection for KU that inspired all of us. Despite her humble demeanor, her ardent passion for the people and programs she believed in led her to willingly embrace not only the role of an educator, but that of an advocate. Her contributions and spirit of enthusiasm will have a lasting and positive impact at KU and beyond.”

Gilbert retired in 1993 after 26 years of teaching. She died this week at age 74.

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