Archive for Wednesday, January 10, 2001

Lowell Gish

January 10, 2001


Memorial services were Monday for Lowell Arthur Gish, 73, Baldwin City. He died Thursday, January 4, 2001 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Gish was born June 30, 1927 in Greeley, Colorado, the son of Lee Nash and Rose (Bedford) Gish. He graduated from Kingman High School. During World War II he served in the Merchant Marines from 1945 to 1946. Upon his discharge he completed his education at Southwestern College in Winfield, obtaining his BA degree in 1949. Later in his career he completed his masters and Ph.D. from the University of Kansas.

On August 14, 1948 he married Enola McClaren at Lewis. They were married 52 years.

In 1949 he began his career in education as a teacher and coach at Wilmore. In 1951 he moved to Kinsley and served as the elementary school principal for three years before moving back to Wilmore and serving as superintendent. He and his wife moved to Ottawa in 1956 where he served as Ottawa Junior High School principal for several years before moving to Baldwin City in 1963. He became the chairman of the Education Department at Baker University and served in that capacity until his retirement in 1995. He later taught and served in various capacities at Haskell Indian Nations University after his retirement.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Baldwin City, Phi Delta Kappa and the Douglas County Democratic Party.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Lawrence and Merlin Gish.

He is survived by his wife, of the home; two sons, David Gish and his wife Phyllis, Topeka, and Stephen Gish and his wife Paula, Tonganoxie; two daughters, Juanita Reiter and her husband, David, Hillsboro, Ore., and Diana Gish-Tuckfield, and her husband Fred, Barrow, Alaska; ten grandchildren; six nieces and a nephew.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lowell Gish Scholarship Fund to benefit the Education Department at Baker University and sent c/o Lamb-Roberts-Heise Funeral Home, PO Box 64, Baldwin City, KS 66006.

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