Archive for Thursday, July 14, 2005

Tree planted in honor of Gish

July 14, 2005

Family and friends of Lowell Gish gathered to plant a white oak tree in his honor on the Baker University campus Sunday. Gish was a teacher at Baker University for 32 years and also served as Chairman of the Education Dept.

Gish was remembered for his innovative teaching methods and his devotion to students. Former Dean of Students Neal Malicky said Gish was a visionary who was responsible for a national award received by Baker in 1969. Peggy Harris, a member of Baker's education department, described Gish as "intelligent, kind and compassionate." Harris said Gish wrote his own teaching materials for his classes and updated it every semester with new insights he gained from his vast reading and study. Charlene Potter played the violin at the ceremony. Gish's wife, Enola, tossed in the first shovel of dirt.

The ceremony was held in conjunction with a Gish family reunion on the Baker campus. Family members came from as far as Washington, Oregon, California, Texas, Florida and Costa Rica. Also in attendance were Gish's four children David, Juanita, Stephen, Diana and 10 of his grandchildren.

A plaque was placed at the site of the tree that said "Educator for Peace." Gish had concluded that teaching provided a powerful means for making positive changes in the world.

In attendance at the ceremony were members of the Baldwin community and Haskell Indian Nation University where Gish taught after his retirement in 1995.

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