Marilyn Jane Stokstad

Private inurnment for Marilyn Jane Stokstad, 87, Lawrence will be held at Pioneer Cemetery. She passed away peacefully at her home. A celebration of her life will be held in the fall at KU.

Marilyn was born February 16, 1929 in Lansing, MI the daughter of Olaf L. and Edythe M. (Gardiner) Stokstad.

She was the Judith Harris Murphy Distinguished Professor of Art History at the University of Kansas.

Survivors include her sister, Karen Leider, and niece, Anna Leider, both of Alexandria, VA

Memorials may be made in her name to the KU Endowment Association for the Spencer Research Library or the Spencer Museum of Art and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.


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5 Condolences

  1. Barry Rubin on March 6, 2016 at 5:38 am

    Shocking and unfortunate news to receive concerning someone who inspired me personally, with her warm and sage advice. Condolences to the family.

  2. Ann Friedman on March 7, 2016 at 9:25 am

    Marilyn was a dear friend for 35 years, and an inspiration in so many ways. I will miss her more than words can say. My heart goes out to Karen and Anna.

  3. Lea Orth on March 8, 2016 at 10:26 am

    An amazing professor. She included women artists in her lectures even when they weren’t in the books – she gave personality to the art and artists – I really liked her and her joy in the details.

  4. Robert J Swift on March 8, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    She was an inspiration. I’ll never forget her Gothic Art final exam question in which she, as the Abbess of St. Lawrence in the Fields, commissioned us to design a church in the “new” Gothic style. My condolences to her family; she will live on through her books and students.

  5. Joyce Castle on March 8, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    A Great One has passed. What a wonderful, brilliant, creative and
    funny woman. We are all so glad Marilyn was in our world. She is greatly missed already. Thinking of her dear ones.

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