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In Memory

Gladys Louise Eddy, 94, longtime CSU employee and supporter, passed away Feb. 8

February 10, 2010

Gladys Louise Eddy, 94, of Fort Collins passed away unexpectedly and peacefully at Poudre Valley Hospital on Feb. 8, 2010.

Began CSU career at age 21

Gladys Louise Eddy played a large role in the development of what is now the College of Business.

Gladys was born on Christmas Day, 1915, in Castle Rock, Colo., to William and Jessie Shellabarger. Gladys graduated as Valedictorian for Littleton High School in 1933. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in Commerce at the University of Denver in 1937.

At the age of 21, Gladys moved to Fort Collins and was employed as a part-time instructor and secretary at CSU, then known as Colorado State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts.

Married Willard Eddy in 1938

Gladys met Willard Eddy, teacher and founder of the Department of Philosophy at a reception hosted by President Charles A. Lory. They two were married in 1938. Gladys and Willard were campus fixtures.

Hired as a rural and vocational education instructor, Gladys later played a large role in the development of what is now the College of Business. Under her urging, the university started courses in administrative management in 1942. During the waning years of World War II, she served in the classroom, teaching all-female courses in typing and shorthand. She also served as secretary to President Roy Green.

Advanced women's rights on campus

Gladys spent much of her career as a secretary, was instrumental in promoting women’s rights on campus. She advanced the status of women and opened new frontiers long before any mention of a feminist movement. Gladys created the Association of Women’s Students, a women’s honors society, and also pushed to open more courses to women as they could only major in home economics and chemistry.

From 1957 until 1984, she served as temporary lecturer and instructor in what became the College of Business, then known as the Department of Administrative Office Management. In 1962, her efforts resulted in the formation of a campus chapter of Mortar Board, a national honor society.

From 1981-1984, she was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to the National Advisory Council on Vocational Education. She also served on numerous other school boards and committees including the Colorado State Board of Education, Fourth Congressional District; the Colorado Association of School Boards; the National School Boards Association; and the American Association of University Women.

Guided and mentored thousands of students

In 1984, as special assistant to the dean of the College of Business, Gladys was responsible for working with the Business College Council, the student governance group she established and nurtured into the model now followed by other College Councils at Colorado State.

Gladys guided students through more than 30 Business Days as Business College Council Adviser, bringing nationally and internationally known speakers to Fort Collins to share their expertise and perspectives.

Retired in 2007

Gladys maintained an office at CSU, serving as Assistant to the Dean in the College of Business until her retirement in May 2007.

In addition to her university duties, Eddy took a central role in establishing the Fort Collins Tennis Club, serving on the boards of directors of the Colorado Tennis Association and the Colorado Youth Tennis Foundation. She has served as a loaned executive for United Way of Fort Collins, co-founder of the Fort Collins League of Women Voters, board member of the Colorado Parks and Recreation Association Foundation and president of the Fort Collins Parks and Recreation Commission and Advisory Council.

Numerous awards

Her numerous awards include the Charles A. Lory Public Service Award from Colorado State in 1994, the Community Builder of the Year Award from the Fort Collins Service Clubs in 1984, the Outstanding Women of Colorado Award from the Colorado Federation of Business and Professional Women in 1975, and Outstanding Woman Teacher from Colorado State in 1973.

Gladys is survived by son, Bill; daughter, Sandra both of Fort Collins; niece, Kathryn Nelson of Aurora; and granddaughter, Tanya Eddy of California. She was preceded in death by husband, Willard; parents; brother, William; and sister, Dorothy.

Memorial service Feb. 12

Memorial service will be held 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 12 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 2000 Stover Street in Fort Collins.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Gladys’ memory to the Willard O. Eddy Legacy Fund or a charity of choice in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 650 West Drake Road, Fort Collins, CO 80526.