Rod Library--Special Collections
Lucile E. Anderson
Lucile E. Anderson, Emeritus Professor of Teaching, University of Northern Iowa, recognized by countless pupils, student teachers, and colleagues as a master teacher, died in Santa Barbara, California, October 23, 1978.
After attending the schools in Bassett, Iowa, where she was born in 1894, Miss Anderson went on to earn her B. A. at Iowa State Teachers College in 1924 and her M. A. at the University of Chicago in 1927. She completed additional advanced work at the State University of Iowa.
Her earliest teaching was in the rural schools of Iowa, followed by positions in the Bassett, Alta Vista, New Sharon, and Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, schools. Prior to 1930, when she joined the faculty of the Department of Teaching, Iowa State Teachers College, as an elementary supervisor at Hudson, she served as an assistant professor at the State Teachers College, Pittsburg, Kansas. In 1954, she became supervisor of junior high school language arts and social studies in the Price Laboratory School, a post which she filled capably until she assumed emeritus status in 1962.
Lucile Anderson was a highly respected colleague. Deeply committed professionally, she directly influenced the programs of the Department of Teaching by her unique vision, sound educational philosophy, common sense, and careful judgment. Through her conviction that every person is special, she established a rapport with each of her pupils and student teachers that encouraged each to develop his best in behavior and learning. Both students and colleagues were challenged by her skillful techniques, strong academic background, and keen mind. Her influence as a person and as an educator was transmitted far beyond the college and department community by those with whom she worked.
Lucile was a warm, outgoing person, devoted to family and friends. She was a source of joy and support as a daughter, sister, and aunt. Members of this closeknit family feel a deep sense of loss, alleviated by many happy memories. Friends and acquaintances turned to her for guidance, relying on her sound judgment and sympathy. They found in her a delightful companion with an infectious laugh, a dry sense of humor, and a wide range of interests. It was fun as well as a great privilege to be within her circle of family and friends.
To her students, family, and friends, Lucile Anderson left rich legacies.
Howard Vander Beek