Dana A. Leibengood

Memorial services for Dana A Leibengood, 89, Lawrence, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday April 9 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. A visitation will be held at 1:00 p.m. Dana passed away Tuesday, April 5, 2022, at The University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, KS.

Dana was born on January 20, 1933, in Lawrence, KS, the son of Dana and Grace (Arnold) Leibengood.

He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s in Journalism from the University of Kansas.

He retired in 1989 after 29 years of service as the Director of Student Services and Associate Dean of the Journalism School.

He married Judith Cox on May 1, 1970. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include his daughter, Linda (Peter) Palij; three sons, Larry (Janet) Leibengood, Bill (Stephanie) Leibengood, Steve Leibengood; five grandchildren, Mark and Maria Palij, Nicholas Leibengood, Alyssa Leibengood, Lexi Leibengood; and two great grandchildren, Amelia Leibengood and Flynn Leibengood. He was preceded in death by a son, Michael Leibengood.

Memorial contributions may be made in Dana’s name to the Dana A. and Michael S. Leibengood Memorial Scholarship fund through the Journalism Department at KU and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

17 Condolences

  1. Lynn Harrod on April 7, 2022 at 11:36 am

    Steve, so sorry to hear about your father. He was ALWAYS such a stong supporter of you and our teams. I was so fortunate to know him because of you. I know numerous people that had him at KU as a professor and they all spoke of him highly. I am out of town or would be at the service. You are in my thoughts. Coach Harrod.

  2. Jake Rolland on April 7, 2022 at 2:41 pm

    Steve you and your family are in my prayers, so sorry for your loss.

  3. The Dunhams on April 7, 2022 at 5:05 pm

    Dana did not stop being a friend and supporter even after graduation from the J-School. Years later he was still ready to help in a job search or offer positive advice. I shall miss those long chats in the neighborhood as he walked his big black dog or when we ran into each other at the grocery store. Once you were his student, he never forgot you. What a kind caring man. Our thoughts and sympathy are with Judy and family.
    Bonnie Dunham
    Jon Dunham

  4. Angela Jacobson on April 7, 2022 at 7:41 pm

    I’m so sad to see this. I was in the J School with him as one of the deans and he was always so kind and helpful. He seemed to somehow know all the students. I’m very sorry for your loss. He made a great impact on many, many people.

  5. Mark Buhler on April 8, 2022 at 9:26 am

    Dana was a good man, worthy of respect from the day you met him. Bless the family. Mark Buhler

  6. Jewel Smith on April 8, 2022 at 9:35 am

    I am so saddened that Dana has passed. Such a loving, interesting beyond belief, incredible memory and a forever friend. Judy you took the best care of him and I know that he had the greatest love and appreciation for you. I truly enjoyed the nights and incredible dinners we shared at your table! I am sorry to miss this service as I am out of town so will be with you in spirit.

  7. Eric Thomas, KSPA executive director on April 8, 2022 at 10:01 am

    On behalf of our members, staff and board, the Kansas Scholastic Press Association sends its appreciation for the work that Dana Leibengood did on behalf of student journalists and their teachers in the state of Kansas. Decades after Leibengood left his work as director of KSPA, the organization is thriving. Each year, thousands of students attend our events, thousands of students work to earn KSPA awards, thousands of dollars in scholarships are awarded and hundreds of students find a lifetime love of journalism.
    It’s hard to overstate the influence that Leibengood had by helping to start this non-profit. One fellow KSPA founder wrote me to say, “Dana *was* the Kansas Scholastic Press Association for his many years as executive director. He guided member advisers and supporters into building one of the nation’s best scholastic journalism organizations — all with a goal of helping student journalists across the state. He was deliberate in his planning, and that ensured KSPA’s stability over many years, with support from KU’s William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications.” Leibengood was inducted into the KSPA Hall of Fame for his work.
    During the lifetime of KSPA, there have only been five directors — with Leibengood being the first. That stability in leadership speaks to the vibrant association that he created and the meaningful mission of KSPA.
    The students of Kansas, including Pulitzer Prize winners and other incredible world-changing journalists, owe Leibengood a thank you for the foundation he created for KSPA.
    On May 7, our association will meet for our State Celebration. We will observe a moment of silence to honor the work of one of KSPA’s founding members.
    Thanks to his family and friends for sharing Leibengood’s talents with KSPA.

  8. Andrea Albright on April 8, 2022 at 11:00 am

    I only knew Dana Leibengood briefly as a nontraditional student trying to figure out how to get my life back on track. Somehow he said all the right words to me, and here I am 30 years later still fighting the good fight in journalism. I posted his obituary and told the story on my Facebook page. Now there are handfuls of additional folks commenting that he touched their lives in the same way. What an amazing mark to leave on the world. I am sorry to hear that he is no longer with us, but congratulations and thank you to his friends and family for sharing such an amazing person with the universe.

  9. K.K. Neilsen Cleland on April 8, 2022 at 5:12 pm

    Sending my condolences to the entire Leigengood family. Dana was my advisor all throughout my four years at KU. He took me under his wing as a lost new student from Iowa and he made me feel right at home — he was the best of the best at KU! He mentored me and I eventually started working at KU for summer orientation and became a peer advisor. Dana and his blue ink pens and yellow lined legal pad were quintessential student advising tools! I can still see it in my head — he paved the way for so many of us. So grateful for his kindness and welcoming spirit.

  10. Max Utsler on April 8, 2022 at 7:13 pm

    So sorry to hear the news. Dana was a great friend, adviser and boss. I am so sorry I cannot make it to the Saturday service. I will be working the Royals game. I am sure Dana would understand.

  11. Beth Black on April 9, 2022 at 9:19 am

    Thinking of you all and really enjoying the video with all of the pictures. I have such fond memories of the cousins going back and forth between our homes on 9th St and Wellington Rd so many years ago.
    Much love, Beth (Edith’s daughter)

  12. Kate Dawes on April 9, 2022 at 2:13 pm

    I am saddened to hear of Dana’s passing. Although I did not know him well I was always appreciative of the help that he and his father gave me years ago when studying and then writing an analysis (later to become my thesis) of the photographs of his grandmother, Maud Thompson Arnold. My condolences to his family. Kate Dawes

  13. Bob Basow on April 10, 2022 at 6:34 am

    Dana blessed us with his wisdom and his kindness. He not only knew, he cared. When students left his office with a sheet from his yellow pad, it was more than a map, it was a get-well card. He counseled colleagues as well as students. Like all great coaches, he wouldn’t tell you what to do, he’d ask you and let you figure it out. When we teach and mentor, we carry Dana’s wisdom and kindness with us. He showed us the way.

  14. Lorie Worner on April 12, 2022 at 2:17 pm

    My sincere condolences to the Leibengood family. Dana was a great person, a good man, and a wonderful advisor. I got to know him through helping to advise students during KU Summer Orientation, and eventually migrated to the School of Journalism, where Dana was my advisor, and my mentor. He helped me shape my career, and I can honestly say I wouldn’t have had such a wonderful career without his guidance.
    While I am greatly saddened by his passing, I know that his was a life well lived. I will be forever grateful for his kindness and his wisdom.

  15. Joe Flannery on April 12, 2022 at 2:35 pm

    Another Legend from the ‘70-80’s era of great J-School Profs. Thank you Dana from all you helped a long the way. We are very grateful

  16. Ted Miller on April 12, 2022 at 2:36 pm

    To the family,

    Dean Leibengood had such a profound impact on me. I first met with him during a college visit the spring of my junior year in high school. He was so adept at distilling course requirements into an easy-to-understand format. Two years after that initial meeting, I returned to office to say that I was interested in applying to the J-school. He took out a piece of paper and laid out my schedule for the next two years. He leaves a tremendous legacy as an advocate for a community of creators (writers) in whom he instilled confidence that they could succeed at one of the nation’s premiere journalism schools. May his memory be a blessing to all who have the good fortune of crossing paths with him.

  17. Christopher Garcia on April 18, 2022 at 4:30 pm

    So sorry to hear of Dana’s passing. His guidance was critical to me and so many others in the J-School, as he was always available to assist and lend an ear. Anyone who went through Stauffer-Flint came out better because of his influence and leadership. God bless the family and may he rest in eternal peace.

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