Carl Mibeck

Graveside services for Carl F. Mibeck, 82, Ottawa, KS, will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at Memorial Park Cemetery in Lawrence.  He died on Monday, November 19, 2012 at his home.

Carl was born on July 2, 1930 in Independence, KS the son of Jacob G. and Dot G. (Mortiner) Mibeck.

He received a MA in History from the University of Kansas and an MA in Education from UCLA .

He was an educator at Lawrence High School USD 497 for 21 years until he retired in 1990.  He was a former Debate Coach at Lawrence High School from 1971 – 1983 and received five state champions.  He was the City Commissioner of Lawrence in 1975.  He had also been a tennis coach and continued to playing after his retirement. 

He married Jane Anita Berschauer on November 22, 1961 in Wichita, KS.  She preceded him in death June 29, 1998. 

Carl is survived by his only son, Jack R. Mibeck, Ottawa.  He was also preceded in death by sister, Rosemary Smith; and brother, Jack M. Mibeck.

The family will greet friends on Monday from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at Warren-McElwain mortuary in Lawrence.  A music rendition will be played by his son at 7 p.m.

The family suggests memorials in his name to Midland Hospice and may be sent in care of the mortuary.

– – – – – – Carl Mibeck was born July 2, 1930 in Independence, Kansas.  When he went home from Mercy Hospital in

Independence, he moved into a house in the Suburban area south of Independence, across from the country club with his

parents, older brother, and baby sister.  The Country club has since been re-developed into Montgomery County

Community College.  Carl spent his first 5 years living there with his family, until his father had to move into the Wichita,

Kansas veterans hospital to be treated for lung damage received in the war from mustard gas. Carl attended school from

the 3rd grade up to completion of college at Wichita University.  He attended his first serious graduate work and received

Master of Education, (Psychology Major,) from UCLA in 1963. He later attended an honorary post masters scholarship, and

received a second Masters degree in 1969 from Kansas University in 20th Century Intellectual history.  He also attended

other institutes and workshops, taking courses in social studies and debate, including an ndea scholarship to Notre Dame

in the summer of 1967.

Carl began his teaching experience in 1954 at Salina school district.  After 9 years, he and his wife moved to Shawnee

Mission, where he taught 5 years in the Shawnee Mission school both at Shawnee Mission North and East.  He culminated

his teaching experience with 21 years at Lawrence High School, retiring in the spring of 1990.

Carl was always interested in politics, teaching his friends and students.  His favorite politicians were

    1.  Eleanor Roosevelt

    2.  Norman Thomas

    3.  Robert Kennedy

    4.  Bill Clinton

People that influenced his life most were

    Dot Mibeck – mother

    Harry M. Corbin, Jr. – doubles partner and president of Wichita


    Dorothy Banze (bonzay)
    Kenneth Nordboe

    Jane Mibeck

    Helen Sheldon   


7 Condolences

  1. Mike Lickteig on November 21, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    I took debate to conquer my fear of speaking in public, and Mr. Mibeck was an inspiration to me as a shy high school student. He cared about the students he was charged with teaching, and I am grateful for having known him. Rest in peace, Mr. Mibeck. You will most definitely be missed.

  2. Jesse on November 21, 2012 at 7:32 pm

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  4. Roger Tarbutton on December 25, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Mr. Mibeck was my Sophomore Tennis Coach at SMN High School. He was a great tennis player and coach. He did not play favorites and would let you challenge the person ahead of you on the ladder to determine your position on the team. I recall him taking team members to tournaments in his vintage car. Very sorry to hear of his loss.

  5. David Davenport on December 26, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Farewell to a great teacher, who taught me to read more widely and think more deeply (SMN 66-68) and a good friend.

  6. Ron Elving on December 26, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Carl Mibeck taught a generation of Kansas debaters how to speak persuasively. But even more important, he taught his students to think critically — to question orthodoxy and authority (even his). He was the first free thinker most of us ever met. We never thanked him enough.

  7. Peter Szekely on January 24, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Just found out that Mr. Mibeck passed away. He was my history teacher at Lawrence High in 1989 and 1990 and good friend ever since. God bless him, I sure miss him. I am so glad I had a chance to visit him last January during my visit to the States.

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