Edwyna Gilbert, 74, Lawrence, died April 27, 2011 at her home. According to her wishes, private services are planned. Inurnment will be in Pioneer Cemetery on the KU campus.
Mrs. Gilbert was born August 19, 1936, in Maryville, MO, to Edward Vaughn Condon and Edwyna Michau Forsyth Condon. She moved to Lawrence in 1961 from Kansas City, Missouri.
Mrs. Gilbert was an associate professor emerita in the English department in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Kansas University. She taught at KU from 1965 until her retirement in 1993. She also served as an Associate Dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She received her bachelor’s degree (1958) and her master’s (1960) from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She received her doctorate from the University of Kansas in 1965.
Mrs. Gilbert was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, Chapter EA of the P.E.O Sisterhood, and the University of Kansas Women’s Hall of Fame. She was president of Friends in Council, the KU Friends of the Library, of which she was a lifetime member, and the KU Retirees’ Club (now known as the Endacott Society), and the Hall Center of the Humanities Friends Council. She received the Mildred Clodfelter Alumni Award in 2005. She was a finalist for the H.O.P.E. award, won the H. Bernerd Fink Teaching Award, directed the 1990 Kansas Regents Honors Academy, and founded the CLAS Alumni Club. She was a Life member of the Chancellors Club at KU. She and her late husband, William, were Danforth Associates, Mortar Board Outstanding Educators, and honorary members of the Senior Class in 1986. Mr. Gilbert died in 1992.
She is survived by her sister-in-law, three nieces, and one great niece.